FSN Prime Ticket Mines ‘True Blue’ Tales

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FSN Prime Ticket has a great viewing hook this year for its coverage of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games: it’s the 50th anniversary of the team’s move from Brooklyn, N.Y. 


One way FSN will hit home: "True Blue Stories: 50 Years of Dodger Glory." The 50 three-minute episodes will feature team highlights in each of the 50 years. (To commemorate the occasion, the Dodgers last night played the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game at their old West Coast stomping grounds when they moved Ebbetts Field, the L.A. Coliseum, before a baseball record 115,300 people.)

Bruce Beffa, who has worked at the side of Olympics chronicler Bud Greenspan for years, will cull team history and create the short films.

Screening footage, Greenspan always looked for the “I didn’t know that!” moment, Beffa said. “That’s what I love as a lover of history.”

Here’s an interesting factoid: pitcher Don Drysdale played in high school in Van Nuys, with a second baseman you might have heard of in another context. His name was Robert Redford.

And base-stealing whiz Maury Wills? He was also a musician.

Supplementing the anniversary package are two other short-form series, “Reelin’ in the Years,” a series of 30-second shorts on Dodger players; and “Torre’s Stories,” two- to three-minute reminiscences about the career of veteran Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Yankees manager — and new Dodgers skipper — Joe Torre.

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