October is movie month, apparently.
As reported on Ron Kaplan's Baseball Book Shelf and in SCD, the Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, NY is hosting the fifth iteration of its annual baseball film festival October 1-3, and two "Jewish" baseball movies are among the films being screened. These include 61*, MOT Billy Crystal's 2001 HBO film about the 1961 Maris-Mantle chase of Babe Ruth's single season home run record, and Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story (see related posts).
61* opens the festival, with a screening at 8.30 p.m. on Friday, October 1. According to the Hall of Fame's web site:
"As part of the celebration, Crystal will donate to the Museum the bound shooting script from June 2000 of 61*, and the Museum will feature a special exhibit opening of artifacts from the film.
"The evening salute to 61* will feature an hors d'oeuvres
reception with Crystal, [Bob] Costas and Ross Greenburg, President of HBO
Sports and executive producer on the film, from 6-7 p.m. in the Hall of
Fame Gallery. A discussion of the film will follow in the Grandstand
Theater with Crystal, Costas and Greenburg participating from 7-8:30
p.m. The Museum will screen the film beginning at 8:30 p.m. on October
Unfortunately for collectors, if you've not yet purchased tickets for event, you're out of luck. Per the Hall, tickets for the reception,
discussion and screening have sold out.
Jews & Baseball screens Sunday, October 3 @ 10 a.m., presumable to avoid a conflict with Shabbat.
Anyone planning to go to Cooperstown for the film festival? Will you be attending the special reception? What event memorabilia do you plan to add to your collection?
Also on the collectibles front, do you consider 61* a "Jewish baseball" collectible, on the basis of director Billy Crystal's status as an MOT? Do you, based on his status as a Yankee fan and the director of a baseball-themed film, consider Crystal a "must have" for your Jewish sports memorabilia collection? My brother, for example, does. His collection includes an autographed baseball, which he obtained during a signing in 2001 Pastime Productions signing in New Jersey at which Billy made a special appearance.
What about Ross Greenberg? Do you have any of the HBO Sports exec's memorabilia in your collection?