Believe it or not, this summer marks the 30th anniversary of the film release of Bull Durham. In the movie, Crash Davis finished his career with the Asheville Tourists, where he broke the broke the MiLB home run record by hitting his 247th shot out of their McCormick Stadium.
To celebrate the anniversary, the Tourists–now the single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are having their players wear Crash Davis jerseys on June 16th. In addition, they reached out to Sporting News to correct “the wrong” of the record not being covered by the magazine three decades ago.
Sporting News National MLB writer Ryan Fagan was tasked with “covering” the record-setting event by Davis with a column that should have taken back then. He shares the experience of writing the column, plus offers up his perspective on the St. Louis Cardinals in this extended conversation…
The Asheville Tourists (@GoTourists) are celebrating the anniversary of Crash Davis' record home run in Bull Durham. They asked if I would write the story that @sportingnews should have written 30 years ago.
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) May 21, 2018
photo credit: Bull Durham