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  • The Final Season

    I'm recommending this 2007 film to all baseball fans. It's about the High School baseball team in a small town in rural Iowa, who's team was about to be merged with other county schools and thus lose it's identity and tradition.
    That small town is the boyhood home of my grandfather, who played semi-pro baseball in Benton County, Iowa during the World War 1 era. The town is NUTS about baseball. The children of Norway, Iowa all play baseball. It's not just a game, it's part of their culture.
    Former major leaguers Mike Boddicker and Bruce Kimm grew up in Norway as did superstar slugger Hal Trosky who's career was cut short by a medical problem.
    The town was small when my grandfather lived there and it's not much bigger today with less than 600 residents. The small population didn't keep the Norway High School baseball team from winning 20 state championships between 1965 and 1991.
    The movie is about the team's final season in 1991, before they merged with the other school district. You won't find any Oscar winning actors or performances in this film. It was a pretty low budget film intended for the hardest core baseball fans. You will find a "heart warming feel good" story about our favorite sport and the kind of towns that made the game what it is today.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449018/

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    Yeah I saw this one, I cant say I liked it too much. The streetwise tough kid from Chicago who moved to the country killed it for me. The weird thing is that was actually true from what I read.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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