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Q&A: On his book tour, 'Bull Durham' Director Ron Shelton returns to the city that started it all

It's a Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and Hollywood director Ron Shelton has about 10 minutes until he's set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. A member of the Bulls front office emerges from the dugout with two baseball gloves and hands one to the guest of honor. Shelton is wearing blue jeans, a white button-down shirt, and a blue hat adorned with the Duke Golf Club's logo. It's been a few years since he has thrown out the first pitch, and the former minor leaguer is worried. He's not in as good of shape as he was back then. Ron Shelton needs to warm up.
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Writer-director Ron Shelton on ‘Bull Durham’ breaking the rules of a typical sports movie

Ron Shelton has written and directed some of the most iconic sports films, including “White Men Can’t Jump,” Tin Cup,” and “Bull Durham.” His new book “The Church of Baseball: The Making of ‘Bull Durham:’ Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit” details the ups and downs of making the 1988 film that starred Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. Shelton tells The Treatment he broke the rules of screenwriting for that film, which lacked a three-act structure and a big climactic game at the end. He talks about finding an unlikely actor for the film while watching “Late Night with David Letterman.” And he explains why he made a last minute location change for one of the film’s key scenes.

Ron Shelton remembers his movie 'Bull Durham' in new memoir 'The Church of Baseball'

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit Scott Simon speaks with Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed "Bull Durham." Shelton's new memoir about the movie is called "The Church of Baseball." Transcript. SCOTT SIMON, HOST:. Anytime anybody asks, what's the greatest baseball movie of all time, chances are you'll...