Velocity takes aim at “Miracle Ball”

A documentary on one man's quest to find the home run baseball from "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" is the basis of Miracle Ball, premiering on U.S. network Velocity in the fall.
September 10, 2012

A documentary on one man’s quest to find the home run baseball from “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” is the basis of Miracle Ball,  premiering on Discovery Communications’ Velocity in the fall.

Airing on September 29 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, the Brian Biegel-directed film explores the mystery of what happened to the ball that was hit by New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson into the grandstand on October 3, 1951, which vanished without a trace.

Biegel goes on a two-year mission to find sport history’s biggest treasure, as he works with NYPD detectives, journalists, scientists, baseball historians and fans present at the game to find out who walked out of the stadium with the ball in 1951 and where it’s been for the past six decades.

The doc is based on the book of the same name, also written by Biegel.

“The search for the Thomson home run ball is the greatest historical conundrum in sports; but, this documentary is more than a story about baseball, it’s about dreaming the impossible,” said Robert Scanlon, SVP of Velocity. “It’s a story between father and son and history versus legend.”

“Having the opportunity to tell the story of Miracle Ball was truly a life-changing experience both as a filmmaker and as a person,” added Biegel. “Uncovering all the shocking clues and piecing together the unlikely evidence indeed was a first-hand look into the notion that truth is stranger than fiction.”

Miracle Ball will also have an encore presentation on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. EST/PST on Velocity.

The doc is produced for Velocity by Odyssey Entertainment.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.