INT. HUNT'S BEDROOM
HUNT is fast asleep in his bed. The tennis ball in his hand falls to the floor and rolls softly
under the dresser.
EXT. RAILROAD TRACKS-2:00AM-MORNING
ONE MAN is running ANOTHER MAN down the tracks shooting a GUN at him. The
footsteps are loud as they run on the heavy gravel. The sound of the gun rings through the
INT. HUNT'S BEDROOM
HUNT wakes up in a sweat as the gun blast is loud in his ears. HUNT jumps from the bed
to the floor. Suddenly the gun shots stop. HUNTS mother enters his room to see if he is
all right. She consoles his trembling body.
(holds him in his arms)
Go back to sleep baby. It's just them old men
shooting at each other over some crooked dice at
that Hollywood Night Club down the railroad
tracks. I wish they would just sit a match to that
jute-joint. It makes no sense.
MS. MAE holds HUNT tight in her arms for a moment.
EXT. FENNIGAN PARK-BASEBALL FIELD-MORNING
HUNT is sitting down on the bench looking out at the pitching mound. He is squeezing
the tennis ball in his left hand. He just stares over the field like day-dreaming about the
championship game. THE OLD MAN comes up and touches him on the shoulder. He
jumps up off the bench and looks around to see that it is THE OLD MAN.
I don't care, if sometimes you see me on the porch
with my silly little cousins...
What's your name?
Susan...just call me Sue....
My name is Hunt....Well I'll see you later.....
HUNT takes off walking down the street. ANNA MAE and BOBBIE hurry out the house
and sit down beside SUSAN. They are laughing.
BOBBIE AND ANNA MAE
I think that little cute boy likes you!
Maybe and maybe not---and ya'll are so---
EXT. FENNIGAN PARK-BASEBALL FIELD-EVENING
THE KELLY COURT BOYS are arriving for the big game as they walk across to their
Dug Out. THE RAGGEDY NINE is on the other side of the field. HUNT is warming up
for the game. Others are doing sprints up and down the Sideline. Folks crowd into
bleachers, children, parents and friends. HUNT looks over at his mother and waves. He
sees SUSAN with her friends. He waves and smiles at her.The Umpire is putting on his
gear. The sound of baseballs are sounding in the gloves of the players and pitchers. It is a
typical hot evening in HOUSTON, TEXAS. BIG B catches the last ball from HUNT. He
rushes to the bench and starts putting on his gear. The first base UMPIRE is checking all
the bases to make sure they are secure. Everyone is waiting patiently for the pitcher to
throw the first ball.
THE RAGGEDY NINE is the home team, so they run out on the field as HUNT pulls off
his jacket and slowly walks to the pitcher's mound. BRADY and all other INFIELDERS
are throwing the ball around the horn. BRADY catches the ball and runs over to the mound.
(hands the ball to Hunt)
It's your game to win, baby...This is it.......
HUNT is speechless as he nods to BRADY. He takes a deep breath while rubbing the new
ball in his hands. HUNT looks around at everybody's position on the field. Everybody is in
place. The first BATTER comes up to the plate and steps in the batter's box. He waves his
bat back and forth as the UMPIRE kneels behind the CATCHER. HUNT steps on the
pitcher's rubber, props his glove on one knee and looks down to home plate for the sign
from BIG B.
(flashes two fingers)
Come on, Hunt, baby! Show him what you got!
HUNT winds up and throws a fast ball.
The BATTER steps out the box and straightens his cap. He steps back in while thumping
home plate with his bat. HUNT winds up and throws his new curve, 'beyond the seams.' It
drops right in th middle of the plate.
THE COACH of THE KELLY COURT BOYS yells at the BATTER..
Come on Pete! Don't just stand there!
HUNT winds up and throws the same pitch. The BATTER thinks it is going to be high. It
drops right in the middle of the plate.
The BATTER returns to the Dug Out with his bat on his shoulder.
That's what I'm talking about, Hunt!
EXT. BASEBALL GAME-7TH INNING
Everybody is quiet in the bleachers. THE KELLY COURT BOYS are leading 1-0.
BRADY is at bat with two men out. This is their last chance to score. THE KELLY
COURT BOY'S PITCHER winds up and throws a wide breaking curve and BRADY
misses it by a mile. The game is over. THE KELLY COURT BOYS celebrates on the field.
HUNT is crying on the bench. CARL and MS. MAE comes over to console him.
INT. JMG. BARBECUE PLACE-BENCH-NOON
HUNT is sitting outside his mother's MS. MAE'S barbecue place. His baseball glove is
laying on the bench. HUNT is staring into space like he just lost his best friend. BIG B