Museum ‘peaks’ the interest of TV’s Mark Frost
With a 40-year career in show business, which dates back to writing TV scripts for The Six Million Dollar Man and Hill Street Blues in the 1970s and ‘80s, Frost is the author of a series of novels and bestselling golf non-fiction, including The Greatest Game Ever Played and The Match. His lone baseball work thus far is the book Game Six, published in 2009, about the pivotal game in the 1975 World Series between the Reds and the Red Sox made famous by Boston catcher Carlton Fisk’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning.
“To me that was always the greatest single game,” Frost said. “I wasn’t there but I remember watching on television. I’d never been more riveted by a game, particularly one that I didn’t have a rooting interest in either team at the time. But to me it was baseball at its best on display.
“As I got to meet all those guys and go back and research the history I realized it was not just a great game, not just a great series, it was a pivotal moment in baseball history,” he added. “I think between the broadcasters and the managers and the players you’ve got over 20 names that are in the Hall of Fame in one way or another. Still, I don’t think there’s a single game that represents as much about baseball as that game does, and that’s why I chose to write about that game in particular.”
Frost is also writing a Twin Peaks book, which will come out next year that will cover the intervening years between the old series and the new. But despite currently being busy with a number of projects, Frost still has a future wish list.
“I’m always looking for a good story. I’d love to do a baseball movie at this point in my life,” Frost said. “I’m going to do another golf movie, but I’d love to find a great baseball story to make a movie of because I think it’s an enduring classic genre in American cinema.”
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum