Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story


Century Larkspur 3 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Black Is
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:87 min.
Director:Jon Strong
Producer:Michael Tollin
Ted Haddock
John King
Tighe Arnold
James Spradlin
Screenwriter:Jon Strong
Ted Haddock
John King
Mike Quinn Jr.
Cinematographer:Jon Strong
Editor:Jon Strong
Drew Walkup
Mike Quinn Jr.
Cast:Hank Aaron
Cal Ripken Jr.
Gary Sheffield
Davey Johnson
Andrew Young
Stewart Hall
Print Source:Jon Strong
Note Writer:Brendan Peterson


This stirring, deeply emotional documentary explores how one ball game transformed a group of kids and offered hope for a country struggling with racial tensions and inequality. In 1955, two Florida teams squared off in a contest with historic ramifications. One of the first integrated Little League games, the Pensacola Jaycees vs. the Orlando Kiwanis wasn’t just a simple battle on the diamond; it offered hope that a color-blind world might be right around the corner. Of course, that didn’t happen. Six decades later, players from both dugouts talk about the impact of that game and their complicated journeys, as filmmaker Jon Strong puts human faces on the festering problem of American racism. Beautiful, tragic, and optimistic, Long Time Coming features diverse voices of civil rights leaders; Hall of Fame ballplayers, including Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken Jr.; and a handful of men who’ve lived through turbulent times and found hope.

Sponsored By:

In association with Mill Valley Little League

Additional Information

Jon Strong directs films that connect with audiences through empathy. Strong’s short film, The Thank You Project (2014), has reached more than 200 million views online and was featured on The Today Show on Thanksgiving morning. In addition to Long Time Coming, his first feature-length film, Strong is directing a documentary in Iraq about the inspiring resilience of Iraqi and Syrian refugees.