COBB FIELD hits for cycle Oct. 20

From October 10, 2008:


Emmy nominated baseball film to premiere in Effingham

Mid-America Emmy award winning producers Craig Lindvahl and Joseph Fatheree explore the world of minor league baseball in their latest film, COBB FIELD. The dreams and hopes that lie at the heart of baseball are seen through the eyes of Cobb Field, a 60 year old ballpark in Billings, Montana, and home of the Billings Mustangs from 1948 to 2007. The film, presented by Midland States Bank, will premiere at the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham on Monday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Shot during the last weeks of Cobb Field’s existence, the film imagines what Cobb Field might share about history, about baseball, and about life. From former players like Jim Kaat and Gary Redus, current players like Todd Frazier and Daniel Zeffiro, from coaches and staff members, and from umpires and fans comes a heartwarming story of baseball in the rookie leagues.

“This project has really been a labor of love,” says Lindvahl. “We’re huge baseball fans, and we’ve fallen in love with baseball in Billings. The whole time we were there, I kept thinking ‘this is how baseball is supposed to be.’”

The newly formed CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class, consisting of students from Effingham, St. Anthony, Beecher City, and Dieterich high school, is preparing students to start and run businesses of their own. The class has been in charge of the entire premiere, from event planning to concessions, from marketing to ticket sales. The class will use the proceeds from the event to form the “bank”, from which they will run small businesses of their own later in the school year.

Tyler Yocum, a member of the CEO class, says that promoting the event has been a great learning tool. “It’s great to learn about business by doing business,” Yocum said, “and what we’re learning here will really pay off when we start our own business.”

The CEO class feels strongly that baseball is a family event, and the ticket structure reflects that. Standard tickets are $5.00. There are also $10.00 “triple play” tickets, which include a hot dog, soda, and chips. Tickets, which are general admission, are available from any member of the CEO class, and the Rosebud Theatre, WXEF, and the Effingham Daily News. WCRA, WCRC, and WHQQ are also sponsors for the film’s premiere. Further information and a clip of the film can be seen on the Rosebud’s website,


Craig Lindvahl
, producer
clindvahl [at] effingham [dot] net

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