Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard, The League celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball’s triumphs and challenges through the first half of the twentieth century. The story is told through previously unearthed archival footage and never-before-seen interviews with legendary players like Satchel Paige and Buck O’Neil – whose early careers paved the way for the Jackie Robinson era – as well as celebrated Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron who started out in the Negro Leagues. This powerful documentary explores Black baseball as an economic and social pillar of Black communities and a stage for some of the greatest athletes to ever play the game, while also examining the unintended consequences of integration.
Discussion with Karl Lindholm and Bill Hart to follow the screening.
Directed by: Sam Pollard
Length: 103 minutes
MNFF Selects Series
Thursday, November 16
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury VT