#Shortstops: Case in point
“What do we got here, Red?” Fisher asks coach Red Blow. “The Salvation Army Band?”
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The latch for the case has been etched with the identifying mark of “B 15543” and “20th C Fox”, suggesting it may have been used in previous productions. The Natural was produced by Delphi II Productions and distributed by Tri-Star Pictures in its first production.
After Hobbs meets Fisher, he retreats to the clubhouse to get a uniform from Doctor Dizzy, the team’s equipment manager.
“What’s in the case?” asks Doc, played by Mickey Treanor.
“My bat,” Hobbs replies.
“A bat?” Doc replies, incredulously – quickly leading Hobbs to his new locker.
But it was much more than a bat. It was movie magic – and more than 35 years later, The Natural remains a rite of passage for any baseball fan.
That magic – and its protective case – is alive in Cooperstown.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum