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Ballplayer

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
See the record for "New Television, Episode 409 (1988)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:
1986

Copyright Holder:
Lord, Chip

Artist:
Lord, Chip

Background:
Broadcast as Episode 409 of the 1988 season of "New Television."

Scope:
Includes a 3/4" screening copy of the work. See the record for "New Television, Episode 409 (1988)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

In Chip Lord's "Ballplayer" Richard Marcus delivers a stark monologue about the disintegration of a relationship and his interest in baseball. Marcus describes how an unnamed woman met his plane at the San Francisco airport and told him, "I'm seeing someone else." He describes his reactions and his (not unrelated) interest in the upcoming baseball season. Marcus discusses the loyalties fans have for the sport and for particular teams, even as players move from club to club and teams move from city to city. He recounts his participation in a pick-up game and a big play he makes to win the game. "On the strength of that catch, I'm a ballplayer again," he tells us. Except for head shots of Richard Marcus, there is little peripheral footage. Scenes from the San Francisco airport precede his monologue, and images and sounds of a baseball stadium bring the piece to a close. "Ballplayer" is just under 13 minutes long.



Editor:
Mack, Lo (Online Editor)

Performer:
Marcus, Richard

Subjects:
Interpersonal relations
Baseball


See Also:
New Television, Episode 409 (1988)





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