Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Documentary on the South's first racially integrated Little League game in Orlando is on Netflix

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 4:28 PM

A locally made documentary about the first racially integrated Little League game played in the South in the summer of 1955 in Orlando is currently streaming on Netflix.

Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story, made by local film company Strong Films, follows the surviving members of the all-black Pensacola Jaycees.

The film tells the story of the game played by the Pensacola Jaycees against the all-white Orlando Kiwanis team at Lake Lorna Doone about 63 years ago. Previously, white teams would not compete with African American teams.

"In 1955 when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of 12-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in an act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history," the film's description says.

You can view the film on Netflix here.

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