This is not one of our ordinary video blogs.
It is a request for your help as we finish producing an exciting and important video documentary.
The subject is MINNIE MINOSO…Saturnino Orestes Armas Miñoso Arrieta.
Minnie was my childhood hero as he broke the color line and became the first Black ball player in Chicago in 1951. Now, he’s 89 and seems just as spry as when he was the ringleader of the Go-Go White Sox.
With your help, Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me will soon become a reality.
Along with Joel Cohen, I have spent the last 13 months shooting dozens of hours of video with Minnie, his family and close friends, as well as interviewing dozens of others who know and love “The Cuban Comet.” Actually, everyone loves him. He’s magnetic. We talked about Minnie with Hall of Famer Tony Perez, Commissioner Bud Selig, Mayor Richard M. Daley, Professor Adrian Burgos, Madison, WI Mayor Paul Soglin, among others, and literally dozens of fans who still love him, 61 years after his Rookie of the Year season with the White Sox.
The story is told through archival videos from the last 36 years that I have been hanging out and making videos with Minnie, the only guy to play professional baseball in seven different decades, who missed selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame by three votes in December, 2011.
We have launched a campaign via KICKSTARTER, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, to raise more than $21,000 that we absolutely need to complete the program—the post-production including editing, graphics and rights expenses. Until we have the money, we can’t finish it. And we can’t secure the distribution (TV, cable, online, dvd/BluRay) until the program/film is completed.
The only way we can do it is if you get involved–so go to KICKSTARTER.com, watch the video trailer, and help us spread the word! There are rewards for contributions at various levels, but we thank you for any amount you give.
Thanks… as always.