‘First Boys of Spring’ named co-winner at 2016 Hall of Fame Film Festival

From the Hot Springs Sentinel Record on October 6, 2016, with mention of SABR members Mike Dugan, Bill Jenkinson, Mark Blaeuer, and Tim Reid:

“The First Boys of Spring,” a one-hour documentary chronicling the birth of Major League Baseball spring training in Hot Springs, was named co-winner of the top prize at last weekend’s Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., Visit Hot Springs said Wednesday.

“The First Boys of Spring” shared honors with “Hano: A Century in the Bleachers” as the outstanding film among the 12 selected for screening at the festival, Visit Hot Springs said in a news release.

“Our film was by far the best of those shown at the festival,” Mike Dugan, of Hot Springs, said in the release. Dugan was one of five baseball historians who supplied the background information on which the movie’s script was based, and was in Cooperstown to participate in a panel discussion after the movie was screened at the festival.

“We drew the largest crowd on Saturday night, and we had by far the longest question-and-answer period. I think I may have had 15 questions,” Dugan said.

“At the wrap-up on Sunday, the staff gathered and after a lengthy closed-door session they announced that our film along with the ‘Hano’ film were the outstanding films of the festival. I was given a small bat engraved ‘2016 Hall of Fame Film Festival,'” he said.


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Originally published: October 6, 2016. Last Updated: October 6, 2016.