Small Ball: A Little League Story (2004)




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Filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker follow the baseball season with a group of kids who have big dreams and bigger challenges in this documentary. Aptos, CA, is home to a Little League baseball team featuring some talented youngsters and better-than-average guidance -- one of the team's coaches is Mark Eichhorn, who played major-league ball for two decades. Most of the boys on the team have been playing together since they were five years old; now, with most of the squad 11 or 12, this is the last year they'll be able to compete in Little League, and they're hoping to bring home a championship trophy. With hard work, encouragement, and a bit of good luck, the kids move past the regional and state championships and find themselves in the running for the 2002 Little League World Series. Small Ball: A Little League Story was screened in competition at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival, and was later shown on PBS.


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Kids are kids and this documentary successfully shows one set that truly loves baseball and all the joy that it brings to them, even when times are tough during their games.

Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Alveraz and Kolker dropped the ball here, bringing in a finished work that looks as if it was bought and paid for by the very people that should have been its subject.

Apr 7, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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