Pastime (1991)

Directed by Robin B. Armstrong
Starring William Russ, Glenn Plummer, Jeffrey Tambor, Noble Willingham, Deirdre O’Connell, Scott Plank

A classic baseball story of an over-the-hill hanger-on tutoring the young up-and-comer, Pastime is rich with sentimentality. Set in California in 1957, this film focuses on Roy Dean Bream (played by William Russ) as he attempts to stay on the roster of the Tri City Steamers, a low minor league ballclub, and Tyrone Debray (Glenn Plummer) as he tries to make his mark as a 17-year old fireballer. There seems to be a tinge of racism among the other players, as Debray is the only black man on the team, and he is the object of many suspicious and disdainful stares. The majors had not even been completely integrated at the time, as Detroit and Boston still had not fielded a black player.

Peter LaPorte (Jeffrey Tambor) is the meddling owner of the club, who, when he isn’t selling hot dogs, harasses manager Clyde Bigby (Noble Willingham) about Bream’s roster spot. There is a bittersweet twist at the end, with Bream’s exit and Debray’s continued rise to stardom.

Several former big leaguers play bit roles in the film, including Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Feller and Duke Snider. Pastime won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991.

Pastime is available as a streaming title on Netflix.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

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