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.
OU COACH ON U.S. TEAM
Brian Blutreich, an assistant coach for the Oklahoma track and field teams, was named assistant coach for the Team USA men's team that will compete at the 14th annual World Outdoor Championships in Moscow. Blutreich, a former Olympian in the discus, will oversee the throwers. The World Championships are scheduled Aug. 10-18.
'COMANCHE BOY' SUFFERS FIRST LOSS
Lawton boxer George Tahdooahnippah suffered his first career loss Friday night as Delvin Rodriguez won by TKO in the sixth round in Uncasville, Conn., on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.
Tahdooahnippah, known as "Comanche Boy," is now 31-1-1. Referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight at 2:41 in the sixth round, just four rounds after it appeared Tahdooahnippah would be unable to fight after a series of blows left him reeling at the end of the second round.
His corner, however, made sure the fight continued from there.
This was Tahdooanippah's first fight outside of Oklahoma.
Rodriguez is now 27-6-3.