- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Louisville, Ky (May 8, 2018) ─ Hollywood hits a home run in Louisville on Saturday, May 19, as Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory hosts THE SANDLOT For-Ev-Ver Fest with games, prizes, contests, and a special appearance by members of the film’s cast and crew. The special event coincides with the museum’s exclusive mini-exhibit, “Legends Never Die!” THE SANDLOT Celebrates 25 Years, showcasing authentic props from the movie, artwork, and behind-the-scenes photography, now through September 9.
For-Ev-Ver Fest activities taking place during the day include:
- Free SANDLOT mini-bat for first 250 guests
- Free Admission for guests dressed as characters from movie
- Prizes for best costumes
- THE SANDLOT Trivia Contests
- Mr. Mertle and the Negro League Experience
- S’Mores Minute-to-Win-It Games
From 2:00 - 3:00 PM, fans can ask questions and hear tales from the the movie’s co-writer & director, David M. Evans, Props Master Terry Haskell, and castmember Shane Obedzinski, who played “Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons.”
When the movie was released in 1993, critical acclaim focused on its charm and nostalgia. Over the past 25 years, the film has become a cult hit thanks to quotes like, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!” and memorable characters including Squints, Wendy Peffercorn, and the Beast. THE SANDLOT (written by David Mickey Evans and Robert Gunter) consistently ranks in the Top 10 Best Baseball Movies of all-time by critics, sport fans and movie-lovers.
“THE SANDLOT For-Ev-Ver Fest will be as much fun as the film itself. From Babe Ruth to Wendy Peffercorn, we know exactly what we’re doing,” said Anne Jewell, VP/Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “What a treat to welcome the talented people who helped create this pop-culture powerhouse of a movie,” she continued.
Along with the festival, the “Legends Never Die!” mini-exhibit is included with regular admission, and features original props, some on public display for the first time. Memorable movie items in the exhibit include:
- The sacred Babe Ruth baseball that must be retrieved from The Beast
- Squints’ iconic eyeglasses
- Louisville Slugger bats swung by the team
- The cereal box periscope from the gang’s treehouse
- Baseball items from Mr. Mertle’s home
In addition to the props, the original storyboard binder with amazing hand-drawn artwork is shown, along with a copy that guests can page through. Behind-the-scenes photography provides an exclusive glimpse into the magic of Hollywood film-making. As an extra bonus during For-Ev-Ver Fest, additional archival pieces related to the film will also be on display.
Some of the items in the show come directly from the personal collection of writer-director David M. Evans, who also did the voiceover for the film. The Louisville Slugger factory produced some props for the movie, which are part of the exhibit.
“I can’t wait to experience Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and see their legendary bat-making in person. We were thrilled to use their bats in our film, so it’s extra-special to visit 25 years later,” said writer-director David M. Evans. “Just like the movie, the Louisville Slugger brand has a timeless quality that reaches fans of all ages,” he added.
Admission to the museum includes an award-winning factory tour where guests can watch baseball bats being made, enjoy engaging exhibits and historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat, and more. As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour. The Louisville landmark conducts factory tours seven days a week, and guests are guaranteed to view bat production on each tour.
In addition to the exhibit, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released a special 25th Anniversary collector’s edition of THE SANDLOT. This crowd-pleasing collection includes a set of 10 custom Topps® baseball cards — featuring Scotty Smalls, Benny “The Jet” and the rest of the ragtag roster — created exclusively for this release. The major-league treatment continues with an all-new booklet filled with behind-the-scenes photos from the film director’s personal archive and an all-new, full-color poster.
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Store is also carrying commemorative merchandise to compliment THE SANDLOT experience, and will have exciting new offerings during For-Ev-Ver Fest.