CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

War on the Diamond

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 75 minutes

War on the Diamond
War on the Diamond
War on the Diamond
War on the Diamond
War on the Diamond

Plenty of baseball fans around the country love to hate the New York Yankees, but Cleveland’s contempt for the team runs deep. Directed by Ohio native and “Believeland” (CIFF40) director Andy Billman, WAR ON THE DIAMOND examines the lethal pitch that set off a historic rivalry. In 1920, Cleveland Indians (now Guardians) star player Ray Chapman went to bat against the already-controversial Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. Chapman didn’t even see Mays’ pitch before it fatally struck him in the head. To this day, Chapman is the only baseball player to die from on-field injuries. Chapman was upheld as a martyr, while Mays went down in infamy. By delving into the lives of both men, Billman reminds viewers they were more than the tragic accident that has come to define them. Over a century later, the bad blood between the teams continues. Utilizing archival materials, reenactments, and interviews with key players and sports writers, this intriguing documentary traces the feud from that fateful day through decades of intense competition, betrayal, and pettiness. —D.O.

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 5:00 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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