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EXT. WHEATLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL FIELD-SPRING-AFTERNOON
WHEATLEY HIGH SCHOOL baseball team is playing a practice game among each other.

HUNT is pitching for the A-team. He is on the mound and his teenage catcher, BIG B is

catching behind the plate. All eyes are on HUNT. BRADY, his teenage first baseman for

THE RAGGEDY NINE is on first base. MR. WALKER is standing behind the pitcher,

observing the pitches. HUNT steps on the pitching rubber as the FIRST BATTER steps in

the batter's box....HUNT winds up and throw the first pitch.....


MR. WALKER

(yells at the batter)

That was down the middle of the plate son....Take

the bat off your shoulder and swing.....


BIG B throws the ball back to HUNT. He squats and gives HUNT a sign. HUNT steps

back on the rubber, winds up and throws a curve drop ball. The BATTER misses a mile.


MR. WALKER

(continues)

Now that was a hell of a pitch, Hunt....
HUNT

(smiles as he rubs the ball)

That one is called 'Beyond The Seams.'
MR. WALKER

(smiles)


Next thing you gonna tell me is that Lefty

Moneywell taught you that pitch.


HUNT

Yes sir, Mr. Walker, he sure did....

48.

MR. WALKER takes off his cap and scratch his head.


MR. WALKER

Play ball, please......


HUNT winds up, delivers a dipping curve to the plate. The BATTER misses the ball as the

bat slips out of his hands.....


CUT TO
The next BATTER strikes out on sweeping curves.
CUT TO
The next BATTER strikes out. No one can hit HUNT'S pitches. He just handcuffs every

hitter that comes up.


MR. WALKER

(shakes his head)

I've seen enough....Give me two laps....Practice is

over for today.


The TEAM takes off running around the field.....
ONE PLAYER

(confident)

Man! Hunt got some stuff! We should win some

games this year....


ANOTHER PLAYER

(agrees)


He's good. We gonna need him because Sammy

and McGee went to Yates.....


FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. STREETS-SUSAN AND HUNT WALKING-AFTER SCHOOL-AFTER-NOON
HUNT is walking SUSAN half way home. He is carrying her books. They are laughing

and joking with each other.


HUNT

(curious)

Susan. Can I ask you a question?
SUSAN

It all depends.....

49.

HUNT


(laughs)

No. Not anything personal....Do you believe that

spirits can talk to you and you can see them like

an everyday person.....


SUSAN

(thinks)


My Aunt told me when her husband died. He

came back to the house everyday---I don't

know.....Why you wanna know?
HUNT remembers if he doesn't hurry, he's going to be late for practice. He hands the

books to SUSAN.


HUNT

Sorry...I'm running late for practice....I'll call you

tonight.
HUNT runs off as SUSAN just stands there shaking her head....
FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. BACK ALLEY- RALSTON DRUG STORE-MORNING
UNCLE WALLY is reading a newspaper clipping on Wheatley High baseball team. The

DOMINO MEN come and pull up chairs to the table. They all sit down.


UNCLE WALLY

(chuckles)

That's my boy! He done threw two one hitters

already for Wheatley!


ONE DOMINO MAN starts shuffling the dominoes. He stops and others grab their hands.

UNCLE WALLY pulls out his half pint of gin and takes a big swallow.


ONE DOMINO PLAYER

(looks at his hand)

Have they played Yates yet? Now that's gonna be

the real test. They got Sammy and Big Mcgee. If

he whip them, he's better than I thought....
UNCLE WALLY

(laughs)


Well, it's better said than done....Twenty five on

your old gray beard and you know what! And

that's for not being a believer!
FADE TO

50.


MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
INT. FENNIGAN PARK CENTER-CANTEEN-NIGHT
YOUNG BOYS and GIRLS are dancing to the sound of R&B. They are having a great

time. BIG B is swinging out with a GIRL.


CUT TO
Everybody steps back to let BIG B take the floor. BIG B is showing his different swing

out moves. Everybody is clapping him on. BIG B and his PARTNER dance off the floor.

ANOTHER COUPLE takes his place as the interchange on the floor continues. SUSAN

and HUNT are looking and clapping their hands. HUNT grabs SUSAN by the hand and

leads her through the crowd.
FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. FENNIGAN PARK-BLEACHERS-NIGHT-FULL MOON
SUSAN and HUNT are sitting in the bleachers. They are kissing. SUSAN pulls back and

take a long look at HUNT. She looks away.


HUNT

(apologizes)

I'm sorry--I just---
SUSAN

(touches his lips with her finger)

It's okay, Hunt.....
They pause for a moment without a word.
HUNT

(looks at Susan)

You are so pretty--I know you hear that a lot

from other boys...


SUSAN

(smiles)


I do--but it doesn't matter. When I hear it from

you, it matters....


SUSAN kisses HUNT. HUNT responds as they hold each other like love birds.....
SUSAN

(pulls back)

Can I ask you something?

51.


HUNT

(interested)

Sure....
SUSAN

(curious)

What makes a black man like you love baseball so

much.
HUNT gets up, takes SUSAN hand and leads her to the baseball field....


HUNT

I'll show you. Come on...


SUSAN

(chuckles)

What are you doing?
CUT TO
SUSAN and HUNT are standing on top of the pitching mound.
HUNT

Up here, I feel like I'm a king, a magician. When I

can make a batter miss or ground out or fly out

with bases loaded. It's like a game of chess with

me and the batter....I am a thinker instead of a

warrior....The smell of the spring grass calls me

every year to this place on the pitcher's mound to

compete with the batter.....


SUSAN

(downs her head)

I see......That's great.....
CUT TO
EXT. FENNIGAN PARK GYM-CANTEEN
THE YOUNG PEOPLE are running out the door. TWO BOYS are fighting...One boy

pulls out a razor and starts swinging it at the OTHER BOY. the other boy is trying to

defend himself.....
CUT TO
SUSAN and HUNT run toward the crowd standing on the outside of the gym. BIG B is

standing in the crowd as he takes a breath of relief. HUNT and SUSAN rush through the

crowd to BIG B.
HUNT

BIG B! What happened?

52.

BIG B


(explains)

You see..it was this dude from Yates wearing his

school colors, red and gold....You know them bad

cousins, well they had him backed up in a corner

and he came out slicing, man---with a razor---I

think he cut up one of the cousins pretty bad---

and took off running down the street....
CUT TO
The sound of the AMBULANCE is on it's way. YOUNG PEOPLE move to the side as the

SLAIN COUSIN stumbles out the door and falls.....


SUSAN

(turns her head)

Hunt...Please...Let's go.....
FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. HUNT'S HOUSE-KITCHEN-MORNING-MONDAY
HUNT pours the last of the milk in his cereal. Delores comes in. She opens the fridge,

looking for milk....


DELORES

(closes the fridge)

Mama just bought that milk the other day---and

you done drank it all up already.....What about

leaving me some sometimes....
HUNT picks up his books from the table.
HUNT

(serious)

I don't wanna here nothing this morning...It's too

early...Bye--and you better get ready for school

before Big Mama send you off to Boarding

School like she did Helen...


DELORES

(responds)

No way I'm going to any Boarding School.....
HUNT exit the back door, laughing....
FADE TO

53.


MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. WHEATLEY HIGH SCHOOL-BASEBALL FIELD-EVENING
WHEATLEY BASEBALL Team is taking laps around the field. The coach is standing on

home plate with a watch in his hands.


COACH WALKER

(yells)


Come on! I said sprints, not walk!
The FIRST BOY is sprinting toward home plate...He is almost there.....
COACH WALKER

(continues)

Get down! Hook slide to the left!
BRADY is sprinting fast to home plate.
COACH WALKER

(continues)

Hit the dirt, Brady!
BRADY does a belly slide on home plate....
COACH WALKER

(continues)

Okay! Everybody up!
All the PLAYERS sprint up to home plate.
COACH WALKER

(teaching)

Baseball is a technical game. It's the small

mechanics of the sport that makes you a winner in

this game...And your legs and arms must be

strong, especially pitchers....Are there any questions?


BIG B

(raises his hand)

I have one, Coach!
COACH WALKER

(acknowledge)

Go ahead, Big B....
BIG B

Where are we in the standings?....


COACH WALKER

(responds)

Good question...Do ya'll really wanna know?

54.


THE TEAM

(loud)


Yes sir!
COACH WALKER

(pulls out a stat card)

We are now in second place, one game behind

Yates High....


THE TEAM

(excited)

All right! All right! Yates! Here we come!
COACH WALKER raises his hands for silence. THE TEAM acknowledges and is quiet.
COACH WALKER

(explains)

Listen....I know this is the best team Wheatley has

ever had in many years. Everybody used to see us

coming and laugh...not anymore...We are

whipping butts. Not taking anything away from

all the players, but I would like to give a special

thanks to one hell of a left hand pitcher, Hunt!


THE TEAM cheers and clap, giving HUNT the praise for his work on the pitchers mound.
COACH WALKER

(continues)

Hunt...Thanks for coming to Wheatley High....We

couldn't have done it without your effort and

determination to win---and pick all those other

team players off first base....


The TEAM cheers as HUNT stands bashfully with a smile.
COACH WALKER

Now! Let's get some batting practice in. Booker

T High is next week. A game we gotta have to

keep pace with Yates.


FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. HUNT'S HOUSE-FRONT YARD-MORNING
HUNT is cutting his front yard. The sound of the LAWNMOWER mowing the grass roars

through the early morning. A FREIGHT TRAIN blows it's whistle at the railroad crossing

as HUNT stops to wipe the sweat from his face, then he continues to push the

LAWNMOWER. The FREIGHT TRAIN stops, blocking the railroad crossing. TWO

YOUNG BOYS around ten years old runs up to the tracks to cross over. HUNT stops

pushing the LAWNMOWER to observe.

55.

HUNT


(yells)

Don't do it!


CUT TO
The TWO YOUNG BOYS ignore HUNT'S warning and climbs between the FREIGHT

CARS and jump down to the other side of railroad crossing.


CUT TO:
HUNT shakes his head as he starts up the LAWNMOWER again. BIG B rides up on his

bicycle. He is trying to get HUNT'S attention.


BIG B

(yells)


Hey! Hunt!
HUNT turns and stops the LAWNMOWER.
HUNT

(wipes his face)

What're you doing up so early, Big B? I thought

we were going to the park this afternoon.


BIG B pulls a newspaper from his back pocket as he parks the bike.
BIG B

(opening the paper)

Look! You made the Informer.
HUNT walks toward BIG B. BIG B hands HUNT the newspaper. HUNT reads the

HEADLINES.


CUT TO
NEWSPAPER HEADLINES READS: WHEATLEY HIGH LEFT HAND ACE
FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
INT. FENNIGAN PARK CENTER-BROS HENRY OFFICE-EVENING
BROS HENRY and COACH WALKER are sitting and chatting about HUNT.
BROS HENRY

(looking through some papers)

Listen, Frank, I got a call from a Chicago Cubs'

Scout last week.

56.

WALKER


(curious)

What did he want?


BROS HENRY

(sits back in his chair)

Well, he wants to scout Hunt.
WALKER

(curious)

In practice or what?
BROS HENRY

He wants to be at your game this week.


WALKER

HUNT is not pitching this week. I'm saving him

for the Yates High game in two weeks. I don't

wanna ruin his arm.


BROS HENRY

I know. Can't you bend the rules a little...It's not

like he's going to sign the kid. He just wanna have

a look at him.....


WALKER

(takes a deep breath)

Okay...I'll think of something to get him in the game.
BROS HENRY

Don't tell the kid. He might get too nervous....


FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. FENNIGAN PARK-BLEACHERS-NIGHT-FULL MOON
HUNT and SUSAN are kissing. SUSAN pushes back, gets up and walks to the fence.

HUNT thinks something is wrong. He walks up to her.


HUNT

(put his arms around her)

Did I do something wrong, Susan?
SUSAN

(tears in her eyes)

I think I'm falling in love with you.
HUNT

(turns her gentle around)

Me too.....

57.


SUSAN

(cries)


But...we're too young for this, Hunt!
SUSAN turns around and look out over the baseball field.
SUSAN

(continues)

You love baseball! I can't compete with

that....What if--


HUNT

(turns her gentle back around)

The love for baseball and the love for you are two

different things here---come on. Let's not confuse

ourselves. Okay?
HUNT and SUSAN hold each other as the evening fades away under the full moonlight.
FADE TO
MUSIC
CUT TO
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL FIELD-PRESS BOX-AFTERNOON
A BIG WHITE MAN, wearing sun glasses and a stingy brim hat is sitting in the PRESS

BOX. COACH WALKER is talking to him. BOOKER T and WHEATLEY HIGH teams

are warming up for the game. HUNT is laughing and joking with BRADY.
CUT TO
The TEAMS on the field. BRADY is teasing HUNT.
BRADY

(tease)


You bad...You got you a day off...just like all the

stars.....


HUNT

(laughs)


Alexander is good...He'll win this one for us. He

got good stuff....


CUT TO
ALEXANDER is warming up with BIG B on the Sidelines.
CUT TO
The UMPIRE is brushing off home plate. He puts on his gear. COACH WALKER and

BOOKER T'S COACH walk over to the UMPIRE and gives him the player's list. The

UMPIRE looks at the list as the two coaches shake hands. They return back to their Dugouts.

58.


UMPIRE

(in front of home plate)

Let's play ball!
WHEATLEY HIGH TEAM takes the field as ALEXANDER walks slowly to the pitcher's

mound. The INFIELDERS pass the ball around the horn. Then the first baseball walks up

to the mound, rubs the ball up a little and puts it in ALEXANDER'S glove.
BRADY

(puts ball in pitcher's glove)

All right, Alex...We need this one...Throw

strikes...We're behind you, baby....


ALEXANDER

(smiles as he rubs the ball)

Thanks.....
BOOKER T FIRST BATTER steps in the batter's box. The UMPIRE kneels down behind

the catcher, BIG B. ALEXANDER winds up and throw the baseball to home plate.


UMPIRE

(throws up his right hand)

STRIKE!
BRADY pounds in his glove at first base.
BRADY

That's what I'm talking about Alex...Throw

strikes, baby!
CUT TO
The BIG WHITE SCOUT is drinking a soda up in the PRESS BOX. He is observing

everything in a quiet manner, waiting patiently for HUNT to enter the game.


CUT TO
4TH INNING-ALEXANDER ON PITCHER'S MOUND-SCORE-3-0
BRADY comes over to the mound to chat with ALEXANDER.
BRADY

(encourages)

Three more innings to go, baby...you doing

good...Throw strikes....


BRADY trots back over to first base.
CUT TO
COACH WALKER is talking to HUNT. HUNT looks surprise.

59.


HUNT

(surprise)

But Coach, the score is 3-0, we're leading and

Alex got good stuff.


COACH WALKER

(trying to keep secret)

Listen, I know that, but somebody up in the press

box came way out here to see you pitch---and I

wasn't suppose to tell you this secret---
COACH WALKER looks around and tells his second CATCHER to warm up HUNT.
SECOND CATCHER

(looks surprise)

But Coach---
COACH WALKER

Move, boy!


The second CATCHER grabs his glove and hurries down the side line to the pitching area.

HUNT hesitates.


HUNT

(curious)

I don't understand Coach--Who is this person?...
COACH WALKER

(pulls off his cap)

Hunt. Listen, a Chicago Cub's scout is up there in

the press box.


HUNT

(freezes)

Chicago Cubs!
HUNT looks up to the press box and sees this BIG WHITE MAN with sun glasses eating

peanuts, waiting for HUNT to enter the game.


COACH WALKER

(yells)


Hunt! Make it snappy, boy!
HUNT runs down the sideline to the pitcher's rubber and starts warming up. He is nervous

and happy.....


CUT TO
The THIRD BATTER steps in the batter's box. ALEXANDER is walking around the

mound rubbing up the baseball. Just before he steps back on the mound, COACH

WALKER calls time...He goes over to talk with the UMPIRE.
CUT TO

60.


THE INFIELDERS comes in and stand around the mound wondering what's going on.

COACH WALKER, after explaining to the UMPIRE, motions for HUNT to come in the

game. COACH WALKER walks up to the mound. HUNT is on his way....
BRADY

(curious)

Coach...What're you doing...The score is 3-0 and

Alex is pitching great..I don't under---


COACH WALKER

(interrupts)

I will explain later. Alex...I'll make it up to

you...You pitched a great game.


ALEXANDER gives the ball to COACH WALKER as he walks quietly off the field with

out a word. HUNT walks up to the mound. COACH WALKER gives HUNT the ball.


COACH WALKER

(continues)

Do your best. Chicago Cubs are watching....
BRADY over hears the name CHICAGO CUBS as he is returning to first base. COACH

WALKER walks off the field, but BRADY trots back over to HUNT....


BRADY

(whispers)

Did I hear Chicago Cubs!
HUNT points his glove up to the press box in a mild way. BRADY sees this BIG WHITE

MAN with sunglasses on eating peanuts waiting patiently. He trots back over to first base.

He puts his glove up to the side of his mouth and whispers to the SECOND BASEMAN.
BRADY

(whispering)

Chicago Cubs' scout.
The SECOND BASEMAN whispers to the SHORT STOP.
SECOND BASEMAN

(whispering)

Chicago Cubs' Scout...
The SHORT STOP whispers to the THIRD BASEMAN.
SHORT STOP

(whispering)

Chicago Cubs' Scout...
HUNT smiles as the BATTER steps in the batter box. HUNT looks up at the CHICAGO

CUBS' SCOUT and throws a sweeping curve to home plate. The BATTER swings and

misses. HUNT looks up in the Press Box as he rubs up the baseball.
CUT TO

61.


INT. PRESS BOX
The BIG WHITE CUBS' SCOUT smiles as he writes some information in his pad on HUNT.
CUT TO:
HUNT is pitching in the seventh inning. Two men are out. BOOKER T TEAM is hitless

off of him and the score is still 3-0. HUNT looks up in the PRESS BOX and the BIG

WHITE SCOUT is still observing HUNT. HUNT steps on the mound, winds up and throw

the high pitch that drops in the middle of the plate.


UMPIRE

(raises his hand)

STRIKE!
BIG B throws the ball back to HUNT.
BIG B

(laughs)


Throw that one again, Hunt!
The BATTER steps out the batter's box and steps back in. HUNT delivers another high

pitch that drops in the middle of the plate. The BATTER swings and misses. He steps out

the batter's box again and steps back in. HUNT winds up and throws a sweeping curve

that looks like it's going outside, but curves right in the middle of the plate. The BATTER

stands with the bat on his shoulder.
UMPIRE

(raises his hand)

STRIKE! Game over!
HUNT looks up in the PRESS BOX. The CHICAGO CUBS' SCOUT puts his coat on and

exits. All his teammates know by now about the CHICAGO CUBS' SCOUT. They

congratulate HUNT as he walks off the field.....The BIG WHITE SCOUT disappears as

HUNT looks toward the exit.


FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
INT. BROS HENRY OFFICE-FENNIGAN PARK CENTER-MORNING
BROS HENRY is on the phone talking to The CHICAGO CUBS' SCOUT.
BROS HENRY

(holding the phone)

He's fifteen now......Yeah I know....We haven't

thought about that yet......I would appreciate it,

Bob. I'll keep you inform......Bye.....
HUNT walks into BROS'S office. He is happy.

62.


HUNT

(excited)

Bros...Guess what?!
BROS HENRY

You were scouted by the Chicago Cubs....


HUNT

(surprise)

How did you know?
BROS HENRY

(pulls out a pad)

I just finished talking with him.
HUNT

You did?...


BROS HENRY

He said for you to keep up the good work. He

like what he saw.....And he would keep up with

your progress...


HUNT

I can't believe it! Chicago Cubs!


FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. FENNIGAN PARK-BASEBALL FIELD-EVENING
HUNT is doing extra practice for the championship game against YATES next week. BIG

B is behind home plate ready to catch. HUNT is on the pitcher's mound.


BIG B

(squats)


You ready?...
HUNT throws a fast ball down the middle of the plate. BIG B moves to the outside of the

plate.
BIG B

(continues)

Come on...hit the outside corner.


HUNT throws an overhand curve ball that sinks right in the middle of the plate.
BIG B

(continues)

That's enough Hunt...Save them pitches for Yates

next week.

63.

FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES


CUT TO
INT. JMG BARBECUE PLACE-EVENING
BIG B and HUNT are sitting drinking soda and eating barbecue. MS. MAE is dipping

homemade ice cream up for a LADY CUSTOMER. The CUSTOMER waits patiently.


MS. MAE

(hands the ice cream to customer)

Here you go Sue Jean.....
The LADY CUSTOMER pays MS. MAE
LADY CUSTOMER

Thank you, Ms. Mae....


MS. MAE

And tell your mama, I'll see her in church, Sunday...


The LADY CUSTOMER nods and exits. MS. MAE looks across the counter. BIG B and

HUNT are eating away at the barbecue ribs.


MS. MAE

(continues)

Are ya'll all right over there?
BIG B AND HUNT

We're fine!


MS. MAE shakes her head and smiles.....
FADE TO
MUSIC-OLDIES
CUT TO
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL FIELD-CHAMPIONSHIP GAME-EVENING
YATES and WHEATLEY baseball teams are warming up on the Side Lines. PEOPLE are

crowding in the Stands. The UMPIRE is collecting Line Ups from COACH WALKER and

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