Classics & Crackerjacks: DOCtober
October 19 and 22
Individual Film Tickets: $10/$8 Members
DOCtober Series: $18/$14 Members
Join us throughout baseball season for a cinema series filled with baseball classics, documentaries, and family films that examine, commemorate, and celebrate America’s love of the game.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (USA, 1999, 95 minutes)
Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm
This critically-acclaimed documentary explores the story of the Detroit Tigers slugger who fought antisemitism and came close to breaking Babe Ruth’s homerun record. He was baseball’s first Jewish star. Tall, handsome, and uncommonly good-natured, Greenberg was a secular Jew from the Bronx who became “the baseball Moses,” an icon for everyone from Walter Matthau to Alan Dershowitz.
Featuring Director Aviva Kempner in conversation with Professor of Religion and advisor to Chasing Dreams, Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert, Temple University (Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball).
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (USA, 2010, 91 minutes)
Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm
This first major documentary to chronicle Jewish involvement in baseball spans from the 1860s to the present, sweeping audiences across time and touching on various social and political issues along the way. Players, writers, and—most importantly—fans explore their connections to baseball and what the sport has meant to them. Look forward to clips of Larry King, Ron Howard, and even Sandy Koufax in a rare interview! Narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
Featuring Director Peter Miller in conversation with the Museum’s Associate Curator and Chasing Dreams Co-curator, Ivy Weingram.