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Oklahoma scene: 'The Pitch That Killed' will be made into movie

Book written by OSU associate professor Mike Sowell tells story of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, who was killed by a pitch in 1920.
From Staff Reports Published: February 15, 2013

Los Angeles-based Come Aboard Productions has acquired the film rights to OSU associate professor Mike Sowell's book “The Pitch That Killed.”

In the book, Sowell, the former sports editor of The Tulsa Tribune, recalls the events before, during and after the fatal beaning of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman by Carl Mays, a New York Yankees' submarine pitcher, in 1920.

The film project has the working title of “Deadball” and is expected to be released in 2014. The screenplay was written by Pamela Lynn Sullivan and Jeffrey David Anderson. Additionally, the production company plans a grassroots effort to have Chapman, the only major league player to be killed by a pitched ball, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


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