The Ringer

Unrequited Love Story: ‘Bull Durham’ at 30 Three decades after the film’s release, writer-director Ron Shelton reflects on the making of the (maybe) best sports movie of all time

Ron Shelton has always told the truth about baseball. Before a morning spring training game in Winter Haven, Florida, in the early 1970s, the Orioles farmhand noticed Red Sox All-Stars Carl Yastrzemski and Reggie Smith in uniform, chatting. … The filmmaker was equipped to plumb Crash’s mind because he once was Crash. Shelton, who grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and became a basketball and baseball star at nearby Westmont College, spent five years in the Orioles organization. more