A film about the greatest Little Leaguer of all time has garnered a great honor – an Emmy nomination.
“The Legend of Pinky Deras,” the story of the boy who led Hamtramck, Mich., to the Little League World Series championship in 1959, is one of five films nominated in the category of Best Historical Documentary in the Michigan Emmy contest. The nominations were announced Wednesday evening by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Emmy awards ceremony is set for May 14 at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.
“The Legend of Pinky Deras” was written, directed and produced by filmmakers Buddy Moorehouse of Gregory and Brian Kruger of Grosse Pointe through their Detroit-based company, Stunt3 Multimedia.
You can purchase a copy of the documentary for $19.95 at www.stunt3.com.
The film has been a ratings hit during its previous TV showings. “The Legend of Pinky Deras” debuted last summer on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in Detroit, garnering a No. 1 Nielsen rating in its time slot. It also aired in the fall on Fox Sports Detroit, finishing as the cable channel’s top-rated show for the day.
“The Legend of Pinky Deras” tells the incredible story of Art “Pinky” Deras, who is considered by experts to be the best youth baseball player who ever lived. In 1959, he led Hamtramck to the Little League World Series championship, racking up unbelievable pitching and hitting statistics in the process – an 18-0 record with 10 no-hitters and 298 strikeouts on the mound; a .641 batting average with 33 home runs and 112 RBIs at the plate.
Two years later, he also led Hamtramck to the Pony League World Series championship. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school and spent five years in the minors. After leaving baseball, he was a police officer in Warren for 30 years.
The other four films nominated in the category of Best Historical Documentary:
• “A Passing of the Torch,” about future President John F. Kennedy’s speech at the University of Michigan in 1960, calling for the formation of the Peace Corps.
• “Forged at Iwo Jima: The Legacy of the USS Hansford,” about the U.S. Navy vessel that took part in the World War II invasion of Iwo Jima.
• “The Death of an Imam,” a film that explores media coverage of the controversial shooting of a Detroit-area Muslim leader.
• “Detroit Heroes,” a film by Ken Shellan.
The complete list of Emmy nominees can be found here