"The First Boys of Spring,” a film screening

"The First Boys of Spring,” a film screening

Little Rock Film Festival

10.20.2015

Little Rock Film Festival

“The Toughest Job” focuses on the life and career of Mississippi’s 57th Governor William Winter and his fight to reform education in the state.  The movie addresses the mechanics of Mississippi state government, the political climate for education reform, and the decision-making of Governor Winter.

*In partnership with the Little Rock Film Festival

Beginning in 1886, baseball spring training was held for the first time, not in Florida or Arizona, but in the Arkansas resort town of Hot Springs, and that’s where the annual rite caught on. For parts of eight decades, many of the best who ever played the game, came to Hot Springs to shake off the rust from winters to prepare for long seasons ahead, with such teams as the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Pirates—and the Negro League’s Monarchs, Crawfords, and Grays. “The First Boys of Spring” is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Larry Foley, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton. The film tells stories of baseball Hall of Famers who worked out, gambled and partied in Hot Springs, including Cy Young, Satchel Paige, Honus Wagner and baseball’s first superstar, Mike “King” Kelly.A central figure is a young Babe Ruth, who belted a 573-foot home run into the Arkansas Alligator Farm in March of 1918, while trying to convince Boston Red Sox management to play him every day, even though he was already the game’s dominant pitcher.