|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.....
(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.
Now that was a hell of a pitch, Hunt....
(smiles as he rubs the ball)
That one is called 'Beyond The Seams.'
Next thing you gonna tell me is that Lefty
Moneywell taught you that pitch.
Yes sir, Mr. Walker, he sure did....
MR. WALKER takes off his cap and scratch his head.
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.....
The next BATTER strikes out on sweeping curves.
The next BATTER strikes out. No one can hit HUNT'S pitches. He just handcuffs every
hitter that comes up.
(shakes his head)
I've seen enough....Give me two laps....Practice is
over for today.
The TEAM takes off running around the field.....
Man! Hunt got some stuff! We should win some
games this year....
He's good. We gonna need him because Sammy
and McGee went to Yates.....
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.
Susan. Can I ask you a question?
It all depends.....
No. Not anything personal....Do you believe that
spirits can talk to you and you can see them like
an everyday person.....
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.
Sorry...I'm running late for practice....I'll call you
HUNT runs off as SUSAN just stands there shaking her head....
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.
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....
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!
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.
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.
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.
I'm sorry--I just---
(touches his lips with her finger)
It's okay, Hunt.....
They pause for a moment without a word.
(looks at Susan)
You are so pretty--I know you hear that a lot
from other boys...
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.....
Can I ask you something?
What makes a black man like you love baseball so
HUNT gets up, takes SUSAN hand and leads her to the baseball field....
I'll show you. Come on...
What are you doing?
SUSAN and HUNT are standing on top of the pitching mound.
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.....
(downs her head)
I see......That's great.....
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
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.
BIG B! What happened?
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....
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.....
(turns her head)
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....
(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.
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...
No way I'm going to any Boarding School.....
HUNT exit the back door, laughing....
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.
Come on! I said sprints, not walk!
The FIRST BOY is sprinting toward home plate...He is almost there.....
Get down! Hook slide to the left!
BRADY is sprinting fast to home plate.
Hit the dirt, Brady!
BRADY does a belly slide on home plate....
Okay! Everybody up!
All the PLAYERS sprint up to home plate.
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?
(raises his hand)
I have one, Coach!
Go ahead, Big B....
Where are we in the standings?....
Good question...Do ya'll really wanna know?
(pulls out a stat card)
We are now in second place, one game behind
All right! All right! Yates! Here we come!
COACH WALKER raises his hands for silence. THE TEAM acknowledges and is quiet.
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.
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.
Now! Let's get some batting practice in. Booker
T High is next week. A game we gotta have to
keep pace with Yates.
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.
Don't do it!
The TWO YOUNG BOYS ignore HUNT'S warning and climbs between the FREIGHT
CARS and jump down to the other side of railroad crossing.
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.
HUNT turns and stops the LAWNMOWER.
(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.
(opening the paper)
Look! You made the Informer.
HUNT walks toward BIG B. BIG B hands HUNT the newspaper. HUNT reads the
NEWSPAPER HEADLINES READS: WHEATLEY HIGH LEFT HAND ACE
INT. FENNIGAN PARK CENTER-BROS HENRY OFFICE-EVENING
BROS HENRY and COACH WALKER are sitting and chatting about HUNT.
(looking through some papers)
Listen, Frank, I got a call from a Chicago Cubs'
Scout last week.
What did he want?
(sits back in his chair)
Well, he wants to scout Hunt.
In practice or what?
He wants to be at your game this week.
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.
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.....
(takes a deep breath)
Okay...I'll think of something to get him in the game.
Don't tell the kid. He might get too nervous....
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.
(put his arms around her)
Did I do something wrong, Susan?
(tears in her eyes)
I think I'm falling in love with you.
(turns her gentle around)
But...we're too young for this, Hunt!
SUSAN turns around and look out over the baseball field.
You love baseball! I can't compete with
(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
HUNT and SUSAN hold each other as the evening fades away under the full moonlight.
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.
The TEAMS on the field. BRADY is teasing HUNT.
You bad...You got you a day off...just like all the
Alexander is good...He'll win this one for us. He
got good stuff....
ALEXANDER is warming up with BIG B on the Sidelines.
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.
(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.
(puts ball in pitcher's glove)
All right, Alex...We need this one...Throw
strikes...We're behind you, baby....
(smiles as he rubs the ball)
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.
(throws up his right hand)
BRADY pounds in his glove at first base.
That's what I'm talking about Alex...Throw
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.
4TH INNING-ALEXANDER ON PITCHER'S MOUND-SCORE-3-0
BRADY comes over to the mound to chat with ALEXANDER.
Three more innings to go, baby...you doing
BRADY trots back over to first base.
COACH WALKER is talking to HUNT. HUNT looks surprise.
But Coach, the score is 3-0, we're leading and
Alex got good stuff.
(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.
The second CATCHER grabs his glove and hurries down the side line to the pitching area.
I don't understand Coach--Who is this person?...
(pulls off his cap)
Hunt. Listen, a Chicago Cub's scout is up there in
the press box.
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.
Hunt! Make it snappy, boy!
HUNT runs down the sideline to the pitcher's rubber and starts warming up. He is nervous
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.
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....
Coach...What're you doing...The score is 3-0 and
Alex is pitching great..I don't under---
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.
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....
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.
Chicago Cubs' scout.
The SECOND BASEMAN whispers to the SHORT STOP.
Chicago Cubs' Scout...
The SHORT STOP whispers to the THIRD BASEMAN.
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.
INT. PRESS BOX
The BIG WHITE CUBS' SCOUT smiles as he writes some information in his pad on HUNT.
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.
(raises his hand)
BIG B throws the ball back to HUNT.
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.
(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.
INT. BROS HENRY OFFICE-FENNIGAN PARK CENTER-MORNING
BROS HENRY is on the phone talking to The CHICAGO CUBS' SCOUT.
(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.
You were scouted by the Chicago Cubs....
How did you know?
(pulls out a pad)
I just finished talking with him.
He said for you to keep up the good work. He
like what he saw.....And he would keep up with
I can't believe it! Chicago Cubs!
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.
HUNT throws a fast ball down the middle of the plate. BIG B moves to the outside of the
Come on...hit the outside corner.
HUNT throws an overhand curve ball that sinks right in the middle of the plate.
That's enough Hunt...Save them pitches for Yates
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.
(hands the ice cream to customer)
Here you go Sue Jean.....
The LADY CUSTOMER pays MS. MAE
Thank you, 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.
Are ya'll all right over there?
BIG B AND HUNT
MS. MAE shakes her head and smiles.....
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