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Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball

Director - Drew and Matthew Taylor
Run Time - 20 minutes
Languages - English
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2015
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- American Studies, Asia, Biographies/Profiles, Cold War Era, Family Relations, History (U.S.), Labor Studies, Medicine, Science, Sports, Vietnam

Institutional DVD Price: $195

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball is the story of an 11-year Major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships (with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets) embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life. After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine, enrolling in medical school at 35 and eventually becoming the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the course of their father's life.

The documentary features interviews with five Hall of Famers - Joe Torre, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ferguson Jenkins, and Pat Gillick - as well as others including MLB All-Stars Joe Carter, Tim McCarver, Art Shamsky and Cito Gaston. Historical MLB footage details Ron's performances in the '64 and '69 World Series, pitching against the likes of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

"We were raised on the stories our father told. For us, they seemed normal, just a regular Dad having a life before kids. As we grew older, we started to notice the look in peoples' eyes as he relived his baseball moments. We decided to make this film as a way not only to honor our father, but to tell his story to people who may not have had the chance to get to know him like we did. He was our father and role model, shaping us to become the men we are today." - Drew Taylor & Matthew Taylor, Filmmakers

Winner! Audience Choice Award: Best Short Documentary, Napa Valley Film Festival
Winner! Best Short Documentary, Orlando Film Festival
Winner! Best Short Documentary, Eugene International Film Festival