The first baseball movie I ever saw was 1973’s Bang the Drum Slowly starring Robert DeNiro and Michael Moriarty, a film that was a favorite of my father. It’s a bittersweet story, and DeNiro was a little-known actor when it was made.
Bobby D played Bruce Pearson, a young catcher for the New York Mammoths who was informed he was dying of Hodgkin’s Disease right before spring training and had just a short time to live. His best friend on the team was ace pitcher Henry “Author” Wiggen, played by Moriarty.
Wiggen was in the middle of a tenuous holdout (hey, free agency wasn’t even a thing yet, so holdouts actually happened!) and seemed unlikely to sign until he forced Mammoths GM Dutch Schnell into a few concessions. The first was that Pearson, who was about to be released from the big club in favor of a hot prospect, had to remain with the team and be Wiggen’s personal catcher. And if one player was traded or released the other had to be included. Finally, Pearson’s terminal prognosis was to be kept from their teammates.
It gets a little sappy and cliched after that; the team grossly underperforms and bickers while it …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider