The Documentary Film of the 1970 Farmer Baseball Team
The film tells the story of the 1970 Farmer High School Baseball Team that won the North Carolina State Championship. It is not just a story of a team, — it is the story of a small four corner town, of a dedicated community that supported the team and the players on it, and it is the story of those players and coaches who faced Farmer that year. The three game championship playoff has become legendary in these parts, beginning with a 17 inning marathon game, where both pitchers, Randall Myers and Glenn Forbes, pitched the entire game.
And a strong theme to the story, is the support of that community, and of the players on the Farmer team. After winning the Baseball Championship, those players coached basketball and softball teams to state titles.
Woody Younts, the coach of the team, was asked what he attributed such a small town team to winning a state championship. His one word answer, “Upbringing”, talks to the quality of the people in that community.
General Seating, Tickets are $10 each ($11.49 w/service fee)
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The cast is quite large—some of the main characters of this story are the two pitchers who faced each other in that marathon 17 inning game, the two coaches of the two teams (real characters in their own right) and Junior Hunt, the third basemen for the Farmer team. One of the central people to the story is “Bear” Lanier, the catcher of the Farmer team, who was the heart and soul of the team, his passing away from a brain tumor at a young age, was a tragedy that affected an entire community, yet as we saw, he lives on in the hearts of many.
The film also includes virtually the entire Robersonville Team that they faced in the series—-and one of the highlights of the film is the reunion of the 2 teams. The Asheboro and Seagrove teams that faced Farmer that year, are also included.
The film has been over 4 years in the making, features over 75 interviews with players, coaches, fans, sports writers and people who attended that remarkable 3 game series. The film includes many historical photographs, 8mm and 16mm film footage, and will feature re-creation footage, shot at Lanier Field, that will provide action footage for the film.
There is an extensive team that has worked on this project—Michael Bronfenbrenner is the Executive Producer/Director of the film, Rachel Garner, daughter of Andy and Tammy Garner in Farmer, is an associate producer on the project and has performed a wide variety of invaluable roles, in addition (almost all local in NC) there are videographers, photographers, production assistants and many more.
This has been a local effort from ground zero, —-as this is Farmer’s story, and the community connected to it. The coordination, the sponsors, the participation, and virtually all the incredible help has come from the community itself. Junior and Brenda Hunt, Randall Myers,
Woody Younts, Tom and Ginger Clasby, and Andy and Tammy Garner in particular—it has been a massive effort by a large group of dedicated people. The Flint Hill Bluegrass Band, that is providing the music for the film, is from Denton. Grass Roots is what it is all about.