In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in an act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history. More than 60 years later, the players explore how this game changed their lives and why it was more than just a game. Features Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gary Sheffield and Davey Johnson.
Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story (2017) Documentary | 1h 27min | August 2017 (USA) 7.6
Director: Jon StrongWriters: Ted Haddock, John KingStars: Hank Aaron, Andrew Young, Cal RipkenSummary: In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history. Jackie Robinson had broken the Major League color barrier eight years earlier, but segregation still prevailed. Our future hinged upon local Southern communities to either embrace Robinson's pioneering efforts, to redouble its longstanding commitment to segregation, or to remain quietly complicit in a system of racial inequality. Florida's 1955 Little League State Championship represents a shining moment in our nation's history when children led us all toward a better way. In one of the first integrated Little League games in the South, the all-Black Pensacola Jaycees and the all-White Orlando Kiwanis moved beyond fears, threats and the unknown to break with tradition and show the world what was possible.