I don't know what to say---I'm just so--
SUSAN puts her arms around HUNT'S neck and kisses him.
EXT. HUNT'S HOUSE-FRONT PORCH-EVENING-8:00PM
HUNT and his father,CARL are sitting on the front porch. CARL gives HUNT a brand
I know you will take care of it. And don't forget
to oil it down so often. This is fine leather. And
when you get to the Big Leagues, you can hang
this one on the wall as memories.
I don't know about the Big Leagues, Dad. They
say you have to be three times as good as the
white boys. I just love the game on the level I'm
But the time is gonna come, son. Just be ready for
your turn....I gotta get back down to the
waterfront---and tomorrow, you are on that train
CARL gets up slowly.
CARL turns to HUNT.
(looks up at Carl)
Thanks for getting me on at the Waterfront this
summer. Trucking that cotton kept my body in
good shape, plus I made some real money for the
Yep...It was quite an experience, huh? Them old
men down there will work you and talk you to
death especially when you young.
HUNT smiles as CARL goes into the house. The night is quiet as HUNT pounds his fist
into the glove. He takes a baseball from his pocket. HUNT stares at it as he turns the
seams while twisting his wrist back and forth. His sister, HELEN sneaks up behind him
and touches his shoulder. HUNT jumps up.
Helen! Don't do that?
HELEN laughs as she sits down on the porch with CARL.
(pushes him on the shoulder)
Quit being so jumpy...
HELEN picks up the glove. She pounds her fist into the glove.
(takes the glove)
This is new.....Listen. Congratulation on
graduating from Wiley College. I haven't had the
chance to say this personal to you...Gonna miss
you up there.
You think you going to be all right without your
big sister going to bat for you. huh?
HELEN tickles HUNT under the arms. He laughs.
I'm gonna be fine....Quit, girl!
HELEN continues to tickle HUNT.
HUNT laughs as HELEN continues to tickle him.
EXT. WILEY BASEBALL FIELD-THE CLAY BOWL-EVENING-FIVE MONTHS
HUNT and JT are running wind sprints. Spring is almost here. They stop to take a breather.
Man..hold up! You gonna run my balls off....
JT bends down to one knee as he tries to catch his breath.
(running in one place)
I'm ready this year, JT. We gonna win the
(raises his hand)
Okay! But let's not kill ourselves before the
season begin, Hunt, Jesus! Let up a little bit...Let's
go check some pretty girls out on campus.
HUNT sits down on the grass.
What for? I got a girl.
JT laughs at HUNT.
Girls, my man. You just can't have too
many....Come on....It doesn't cost you nothing to
observe, baby...Loosen up!
INT. WILEY COLLEGE LIBRARY-EVENING-8:00PM
A girl name JEAN is sitting at the studying table with HUNT. They are looking over some
notes from ZOOLOGY class.
(closes the notes)
Jean! Why are we studying, butterflies, spiders
and frogs, and no telling what else? Mrs. Reisnor
is in another world. How we gonna use this in the
HUNT squeezes the tennis ball in his hand. JEAN pulls off her glasses.
To think about it. Who cares, huh?
(snaps his finger)
That's right! Let's get out of here!
HUNT gets up to leave, but JEAN doesn't move.
(pencil touches her lips)
Only one thing, Hunt...
She sure doesn't care about giving us an F if we
don't know these notes tomorrow. You wouldn't
want that to happen I know.
(sits back down)
You're right...Like all ways....
EXT. WILEY COLLEGE-DOGAN HALL-GIRLS DORMITORY-9:00PM
HUNT and JEAN are standing in front of DOGAN HALL GIRLS DORMITORY.
(gives a book to her)
Thanks for helping me out this year with Zoology
(takes the book)
It's been my pleasure, Hunt. I've always admired
you as a baseball player and as an honest person.
If I wasn't--
Committed?---listen, I truly understand. Susan is
a lucky girl.
JEAN turns and walks away leaving HUNT standing there in an innocent way.
EXT. WILEY COLLEGE-BASEBALL FIELD-THE CLAY BOWL-TWO MONTHS
WILEY'S TEAM is practicing on the field. The infielders are throwing the ball around to
each other. The outfielders are shagging balls. The pitchers, JB, HUNT and catchers, JT
and BIG HUT are practicing in the pitching area. COACH KELLY walks over to the bench.
Everybody up! On the double!
The TEAM sprint off the field in a hurry. The PITCHERS are the last ones to trot up to
We are in the hunt to be champions. But we still
have a mountain to climb, Grambling and Southern.
I heard that Sammy, the pitcher for Grambling
threw his arm away. It just popped one day he
That's true...Hunt, JB and Ike, I preach everyday
to ya'll about taking care of your arms.....Now
next week we play Grambling. Ya'll know Eddie
Robinson, the assistant coach and Pres is gonna
be gunning for us on their own turf.....
Is the president of Grambling really the head
coach of baseball?
That's why we call him Pres....Now we play
Southern the following week for the championship
if we get by Grambling next week. You better do
a lot of praying....Give me two on the double!
The TEAM takes off running around the field.
INT. WILEY'S ZOOLOGY DEPARTMENT-REISNOR CLASS ROOM-MORNING
HUNT is looking in a microscope. MRS.REISNOR approaches him. HUNT is faking like
he is concentrating on the lesson.
(touches Hunt on the shoulder)
Mr. Hunt...May I have a word with you?
MRS. REISNOR points toward her desk. HUNT walks over to the desk.
(continues as she sits down at her
Tell me, Mr. Hunt. Why have you been missing
so many days lately?...
Well, Mrs. Reisnor, I've been on the road with the
nasty......Come on down here.
HUNT runs down to the pitching area to warm up. JT is waiting on him as HUNT throws
his jacket to the ground.
Show your best stuff just like you did those other
teams, baby....It's all on your shoulders now.....
EXT. GRAMBLING BASEBALL FIELD-7TH INNING-5-1-SECOND GAME
WILEY TEAM is winning the second game, 5-1. HUNT has a man on first and third, one
man out. WILEY TEAM is on the edge of the bench.
PRES yells from his GRAMBLING bench.
Please! Don't let Wiley and that little left hander
beat us...Dig in on him, Lucious! Come on!
HUNT rubs up the baseball. Big IKE trots over to the mound.
You got this chump on first. He's leaning too
much toward second.
HUNT nods his head at IKE and steps back on the mound.He stretches, looks home, looks
back to first base. The RUNNER is easing off first. HUNT telegraphs toward home plate,
kicks and fires to first base. The RUNNER is caught between second and first in a run
down. BIG IKE tags the runner out. PRES and EDDIE run up to the UMPIRE at home
plate. PRES kicks up some dirt.
He balked, John! Where's your eyes, man!
He's right, John. His shoulders lean toward home
plate, for peace sakes, man! Come on! Give me a
The UMPIRE shakes his head.
Ya'll are wrong...He executed that move perfectly.
He did not commit to home plate....Play ball!
EDDIE and PRES retreat to the bench, losing the argument. The next BATTER steps up
with two men out and one man on third. HUNT goes into his wind up. He delivers a
sweeping curve to home plate. The BATTER pops it up to second base. WILEY TEAM
jump up and down while running on the field to congratulate HUNT. WILEY wins 5-1
and a chance to play Southern for the championship next week.
EXT. SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY-BASEBALL FIELD-WEEK LATER-EVENING.
The CHAMPIONSHIP GAME is about to start. Scouts are everywhere. Detroit Tigers,
Chicago Cubs, The Dodgers,Giants, Cardinals and many others. HUNT home -boys are all
over the place yelling at him. It is quite a scene and event. HUNT is sitting on the bench
waving back at his home-boys from Houston.
Man! This is like our little World Series. I never
thought it would be like this!
A SCOUT rushes up to the bench. He has a pad in his hand and a cigar in his mouth.
(approaches the bench)
What two pitchers are throwing today?
Everybody points at JB and HUNT. The SCOUT approaches HUNT first. JB is warming
up farther down the side line.
What's your name, kid?
(kind of nervous)
(writes on pad)
What your best pitch? I can tell you are a lefty by
Jaguar......One thing in your favor, he's a left hand
hitter and I'll put you up against those odds any
old day. He was a pinch hitter last year.
The UMPIRE brushes off home plate. COACH KELLY and SOUTHERN'S COACH
bring up the Line-Ups. The TWO COACHES shake hands and return to their benches.
COACH KELLY yells for everybody to gather up.
(looks at JB)
Are you okay, JB?....
JB wipes the sweat from his face.
I feel good, Coach...
Listen. This is what we are up against. Speed,
especially LB. Try to keep him off the bases
because he will kill us as a runner. JB, bring your
fast ball down a little and they'll never see
it.....Okay Team, let's get this first one.
UMPIRE puts on his gear. SOUTHERN CATCHER and PITCHER are chatting on the
mound. The infielders are throwing the ball around the horn. WILEY BATTER is waiting
on deck for the UMPIRE to begin the game.
(steps behind the catcher)
Let's play ball, gentlemen!
WILEY BATTER digs in with his bat waving in the air. SOUTHERN PITCHER delivers
the first pitch.
Both benches are yelling. JB delivers. The BATTER swings and misses. JB winds up and
fires to home plate. The BATTER can't catch up with it. He swings out on strikes.
EXT. SOUTHERN BASEBALL FIELD-BIG HUT BATTING-6TH INNING
BIG HUT steps to the plate. The game is tied 2-2. SOUTHERN PITCHER delivers a fast
ball right down the middle of he plate. BIG HUT swings and send a deep fly ball to left
field and over the fence. His teammates are jumping up and down as he crosses home plate.
The score is now 3-2 in favor of WILEY.
EXT. SOUTHERN BASEBALL FIELD-7TH INNING-LB AT BAT.
The last inning is up. Two men out with LB at the bat for SOUTHERN. IKE, the first
baseman goes over and whispers something to JB. He trots back to first. LB digs in at the