COMING ATTRACTIONS! ~ COMING SOON!
THE BASEBALL MOVIE THAT SOME OF US HAVE AWAITED A LIFETIME TO SEE!
GONE WITH THE SPIN IS ALMOST HERE! ~ AS THE TRUE STORY OF HOW BASEBALL ONCE BLEW INTO HOUSTON ON AN “OUT-OF-THIS WORLD” SPIN THAT NEVER QUITE LIVED UP TO EXPECTATIONS AS A MATCH FOR ANY “ALL-OF-THIS-WORLD” SPIN OR SPEND UPON TALENTED PLAYER SIGNINGS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, PROVEN VETERAN ACQUIREMENTS, AND COMPETITIVE CORE TALENT RETENTION!
AND HERE’S THE CAST THAT HOLLYWOOD HAS LINED UP ACROSS THE BORDERS OF THE GREAT BEYOND TO BRING THIS STORY TO LIFE …..
Orson Welles as Judge Roy Hofheinz
Jack Nicholson as George Kirksey
J.C. Flippen as R.E. “Bob” Smith
Gig Young as Craig Cullinan
Harvey Keitel as Mickey Herskowitz
Buddy Ebsen as Paul Richards
Dub Taylor as Spec Richardson
Robert Stack as Tal Smith
and a can’t-miss casting by Mickey Herskowitz: Tyrone Power as Bob Aspromonte
Tab Hunter as Larry Dierker
Omar Epps as Jimmy Wynn
Laurence Fishburne as J.R. Richard.
Young Kevin Bacon as Craig Biggio
Shawn Christian as Jeff Bagwell
Samuel L. Jackson as Enos Cabell
Young Jay Leno as Lance Berkman
Young Warren Beatty as Brad Ausmus
Bernie Mack as Bob Watson
Dan Akroyd as Charlie Kerfeld
Greg Lucas as Gary Hunsicker
James Earl Jones as Deacon Jones
Ichabod Crane as the Astros Club Owner
(Sounds like Jim. – Looks like Drayton.)
And here’s a great addition from Jim DeShaies:
Doug McClure as Mike Scott
Mitch Pileggi as Jim Deshaies
(Mitch Pileggi plays Harris Ryland in “Dallas”.) The Pecan Park Eagle and Neal McCurdy picked this one.
Dean Jagger as Bill Virdon
Grat and Bob Dalton as Turk Farrell and Jim Owen, the infamous “Dalton Gang” of MLB in Houston back in the 1960s.
Jackie Coogan as Buddy Hancken
George Chakiris as Dickie Thon
“Gone With The Spin” is getting to be lots of fun now. Aside from the small problem of bringing so many actors back from the Great Beyond to make this dedicated film, we are feeling good about the strong character and physical casting of so many people who brought so much life to Major League Baseball in Houston. The Pecan Park Eagle appreciates the fact that one of the iconic characters, Mickey Herskowitz, even cast one the other characters for us – and he did it spot on. Mickey’s pick was for Tyrone Power to play the club’s pretty-boy first third baseman, Bob Aspromonte.
Please give the rest that have been added since our original publication of the founding father four.
And here’s our capsule on the reasons for each election, top to bottom:
1) Judge Roy Hofheinz: Picking Orson Welles was easy. Beyond the obvious physical similarities, it was also a match of the heavens. “War of the Worlds” combing with “The Eighth Wonder of the World.
2) George Kirksey: Close looks, personality, and that la dolce vita speed life of a big thinker made young Jack Nicholson an easy pick.
3) R.E. “Bob” Smith: The hair, the worried look, and the accent of good old boy Jay C. Flippen won me over fast.
4) Craig Cullinan: The patrician manners and conservative look of Gig Young made him another easy ick.
5) Mickey Herskowitz: Mickey liked my pick of Harvey Keitel. That was good enough for me.
6) Paul Richards: Buddy Ebsen loooked, talked, moved, and acted like Paul.
7) Spec Richardson: I always thought of Dub Taylor as Spec Richardson. We all saw that same look in the feature photo here in Spec’s face when the reviews of his trade of Joe Morgan started pouring in.
8) Tal Smith: Stack flashes Tal’s famous smile above – and when he opened his mouth, he spoke in that same baritone voice of authority that flows so easily from the larynx of Tal Smith each time he speaks publicly. Authoritative. Reassuring. On the money right. That’s our Tal. – Just get Stack a perm and he will be good to go.
9) Bob Aspromonte: Mickey Herskowitz was right about this casting. Aspromonte had to be a good fielder at third. A guy can’t go around looking like Tyrone Power and be a bad fielder. He has to protect those good looks.
10) Larry Dierker: Tab Hunter was Joe Hardy in “Damn Yankees” and every other All American, blue-eyed, blonde haired hero from that era in other films, anyway, – so, why not Dierker too?
11) Jimmy Wynn: Omar Epps has the eyes and the build to play “The Toy Cannon”. He’s also a good actor.
12) J.R. Richard: Look at those eyes! – The young Laurence Fishburne was J.R. Richard.
13) Craig Biggio: I’ve been casting Kevin Bacon for years as Craig Biggio.
14) Jeff Bagwell: Had to go to the soap opera, “Days of Our Lives” to find Jeff Bagwell, but Shawn Christian fits the bill. Whoops! I just outed myself as a “late life soap opera fan.” That’s OK> I hear Rice Baseball Coach Wayne Graham watches one too.
15) Enos Cabell: “What’s in your wallet, Astros season ticket holders? – This is no-holds-barred, king fu fighting Enos Cabell calling to make sure you’ve already bought your season tickets to our 2014 season! – We’re calling it: “Our Climb Out of the Nightmare Hole on Crawford Street”.
16) Lance Berkman: Young Jay Leno had the eyes and the chin of our man Lance.
17) Brad Ausmus: Young Warren Beatty IS Brad Ausmus.
18) Bob Watson: “Mr. 3000 Hits” makes for a great “Mr. One Millionth Run Man.”
19) Charley Kerfeld: A cone head all the way.
20) Gary Hunsicker: Why not? There’s a general resemblance. And Greg Lucas is also a movie actor with credits, a smart guy, and a good candidate for a GM job in his own right. Besides, he knows the team and its story. I had no hesitation about casting Greg in this role.
21) Deacon Jones: Another great match by physique, aura, and personality. The Jones brothers just took one slightly different turn. James Earl walked through corn stalks. The Deacon dances through sugar cane.
22) The Astros Owner: Res Ipsa Loquitor (“The thing speaks for itself.”)
23) Mike Scott: Another member of the Astros’ pantheon walls of history selected this one by nomination. Thank you, JD (Jim Deshaies) for laying this one straight over the plate for our easy recognition, something you rarely did as a big league pitcher. Doug McClure lands in the cast as a great pick for Mike Scott!
24) Jim Deshaies: On the heels of that one, my son Neal McCurdy leaned over my shoulder as I was working to say, “you need to get the actor that plays Harris Ryland on the new “Dallas” TV series to play JD! – His character on TV is pretty much of a rat, unlike JD, but hey – the show is “Dallas”, OK? Anyway, he sure looks like JD!.” - With some apologies for the fact that you are a much better character than Harris Ryland – and also a better looking guy than the actor who plays him, we have decided to cast Mitch Pileggi as Jim Deshaies in “Gone With The Spin.”
25) Bill Virdon: Dean Jagger was the prototype for Bill Virdon in my mind for years, but especially as the latter grew into his post-playing days as the first really successful manager of the Houston Astros.
26) Turk Farrell and Jim Owen: Sometimes it is best that we get out of the way and allow life to imitate fiction. Who better to teach the ways of the romanticized “Dalton Gang” to the 20th century Astros perpetrators than two of the Dalton Brothers themselves. The downside is that Farrell and Owen will now be playing their edgy team clubhouse games with real bullets. That’s not good, but maybe they were doing that, anyway. We sure wouldn’t get any argument from the snakes of the Arizona spring training deserts.
27) Buddy Hancken: Buddy was a journeyman player, minor league manager, Astros coach, and team ticket sales executive and, oh yes, one of those guys who got one defensive half inning at catcher in the big leagues as his pinnacle playing moment without ever getting a time at bat. – Move over, Moonlight Graham. Buddy Graham deserves the space beside you. Jackie Coogan fits by looks and character to play Buddy in our movie. He had the heart that any actor would need to take on this role.
28) Dickie Thon: George Chakiris played a Puerto Rican street gang leader in West Side Story and he possessed enough look-a-like qualities to have played a really fine Dickie Thon, who also happened to come from a Puerto Rican family heritage, even though he was born in South Bend, Indiana.
Hope you enjoy the improvements. If you have any additional recommendations, The Pecan Park Eagle Casting Department will be happy to consider them on a case by case basis.