LIVE FROM LONG BEACH — SABR 41 offers a unique diversion to convention attendees this year with the weeklong Film Festival, which gives SABR members a chance to sit back and enjoy some classic movies and original documentaries.
The festival began Wednesday afternoon with Kill the Umpire, a 1950s screwball comedy about a loudmouth baseball fan who, to his chagrin, becomes a minor league umpire.
The Film Festival was organized by Don Zminda, vice president/director of research at STATS LLC. Don has been a dedicated SABR member since 1979 and has attended more than 20 SABR conventions. Zminda said he was particularly excited about screening the 1935 comedy Alibi Ike, starring Joe E. Brown and based on a Ring Lardner story, which airs at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
Some of the other classics that will be playing are Pride of the Yankees, Mr. Baseball, A League of Their Own, and my personal favorite, 61*. With such a diverse lineup showcasing all aspects of baseball past and present, there is truly something for everyone.
For a complete schedule of showings, click here.
— CJ Hangen
Originally published: July 7, 2011. Last Updated: July 27, 2020.