Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line in 1947, but it took another generation of Black and Latino players to make the sport truly open to all. Playing in remote minor-league towns where racial segregation remained a fact of life well into the 1960s, these were the men who, before they could live their big-league dreams, first had to beat Jim Crow. Featuring James “Mudcat” Grant, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Pérez, Jimmy Wynn, Grover “Deacon” Jones, J.R. Richard, Enos Cabell, Octavio “Cookie” Rojas, Orlando Peña, and Bobby Tolan.
A Long Way from Home was broadcast nationally on cable network TV One in 2018.
Winner of a 2019 Gold Telly Award for General Documentary.
Festival Selections/ Screenings
River Oaks Theatre, Houston
Landmark E Street Cinema, Washington, D.C.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City
Koret Auditorium, Main Library, San Francisco
2017 New Haven Documentary Film Festival
2017 National Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Film Festival
Running Time: 41:50
Director: Gaspar González
From a concept by: Matthew Frye Jacobson
Cinematographer: Jorge Rubiera
Location Sound: Joel C. Hernandez and James M. Willis
Editor: Jorge Rubiera
Post Sound: Joel C. Hernandez
Music: Sam Garner and Mickey de Grand IV