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Little Big Men

  • Season 1
  • , Episode 19  | 
  • Aired: 8/31/2010
    • Length: 18:16:50
    • Plays: ???
Synopsis >

On August 28, 1982, Cody Webster and a small group of schoolyard friends from Kirkland, Washington, sat anxiously in a dugout waiting to take the field for the championship game of the Little League World Series.  Their focus was just about what you’d expect from any 12 year old: hit the ball, throw strikes, cross your fingers and then maybe – MAYBE – you’ll win.  Adults in the stands and watching from home saw a much broader field of play. The memories of American hostages and a crippling oil crisis were still fresh; inflation and unemployment – the economic malaise of the late 1970s still lingered; and the new President was recovering from an assassination attempt even while confronting new threats from the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, back on that tiny baseball field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where America’s game was celebrated each year summer, no American team had won a true international Little League World Series championship in more than a decade. When the Kirkland players rushed from their dugout that day they stepped onto a much bigger field than the one they saw.  What they then did, how they did it, and what happened to each of the players in the years that followed is a multi-faceted story – much like the diamond on which the game is played. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Al Szymanski will examine what happened to a group of childhood teammates when the high point in their life occurred before their life had really begun.

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