CAREER OF A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PIONEER,
DEBUTS JULY 13, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
NEW YORK, March 25, 2011 – HBO Sports, which has produced compelling character studies of baseball legends Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams, will explore the life and career of former St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Curt Flood, one of baseball’s landmark figures, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. CURT FLOOD will debut in prime time WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, exclusively on HBO.
While he did not hit 500 home runs and is not enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Flood’s impact on the sport was substantial. Interrupting his flourishing All-Star career to fight for free agency in 1969 at age 31, he was a pioneering figure in challenging baseball’s reserve clause, foreshadowing the emergence of free agents in professional sports.
“Every player in every team sport owes a debt of gratitude to Curt Flood,” said Greenburg. “His life story is a very complex character study. His battle to win free agency and have the right to choose where to work is an inspiring story. He is one of the giants in the history of sports, but has largely been forgotten.”
HBO Sports has a rich tradition of producing baseball documentaries. The groundbreaking 1991 special “When It Was a Game” won a Peabody Award, the first of eight Peabody trophies earned by the sports division for documentary excellence. The 2003 presentation “Curse of the Bambino” and the 2007 film “Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush” were both honored with the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Documentary.
The executive producers of CURT FLOOD are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Joe Lavine; producer, Ezra Edelman; writer, Aaron Cohen; narrator, Liev Schreiber; original music composed by Gary Lionelli.