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Actor Bill Murray signs onto narrate and co-produce “Scouting For Diamonds”‏

Bottom of the Ninth Films has announced Academy Award-nominated actor and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray as co-producer of SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS, a feature-length documentary in progress about the invisible heroes of baseball: the scouts. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry revealed the news earlier this week as she accepted the first annual “Beacon of Light” award from the Nashville-based non-profit organization, Tennessee Women in Film & Media (TWIFM), during their International Women’s Day celebration on Tuesday, March 8th.

“‘SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS’ is an unprecedented historical look at baseball scouts and how they’ve changed the game,” Mayor Barry said. “The film’s  trailer recently caught the eye of someone watching it in a bar at a country club who then basically said, ‘Put me in coach, I’m ready to play.’ I am thrilled to announce that Bill Murray will now join SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS as co-producer.”

Directed and co-produced by Nashville-based filmmaker Molly Secours, SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS introduces the world to the unsung men and women who have devoted their lives to search for baseball’s “next great player.” Told through the eyes of the game’s greatest players and the scouts who discovered them, the film captures the scouts’ unique gift for recognizing nascent talent and guiding young players on their path to the big leagues. Rarely acknowledged outside of the dugouts and locker rooms, the scouts play a crucial role in baseball’s continuing place in our culture and hearts. SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS is both a long overdue historical document as well as an intimate look at the people behind the players and their lasting impact on America’s Pastime.

Murray’s involvement with SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS was born of a popular social media campaign kicked off last year by Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who saw the film’s trailer and promptly issued a “selfless-selfie” challenge, encouraging players to contribute to the production in honor of the scouts who signed them. Murray came aboard the project on Valentine’s Day 2016, taking his own “selfless selfie” (honoring Buck O’Neil, the legendary African American scout and manager who first discovered Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks) before offering to narrate and co-produce the film.

With Murray now on board, Secours plans to continue her film at this year’s spring training as well as with visits to such baseball-loving countries as Japan, Mexico, and Cuba. Production will culminate this summer at July’s 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Secours, a Nashville-based filmmaker, writer, and public intellectual specializing in social justice and youth advocacy, was inspired to make SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS after hearing the tale of the late Boston Red Sox scout George Digby, known in the game for having signed dozens of extraordinary players including legendary third baseman and Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. She began conducting interviews with his many discoveries, highlighted by an especially moving conversation with Boggs, who soon gave his blessing and invaluable support to the project by signing on as co-producer.

Secours spent much of the next two years speaking with some of baseball’s most influential scouts, including Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame member Art Stewart and Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Don Pries, along with a era-spanning array of players, managers, and executives, all of whom help to illuminate the scouts’ untold story and irrefutable impact on the game. While the film highlights in-depth interviews with living legends like Willie Mays, Tommy Lasorda, Dusty Baker, and George Brett, the true stars of SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS are the scouts themselves, many of them now in their 80s and 90s but still out on the bleachers practicing their intangible art.

SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS has already been the recipient of national media attention, including features at  Fox Business, Nashville’s  WSVM-TV, ClubhouseCorner.com, and MLB Network’s  MLB Tonight.

The production and release of SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS will serve to support several charitable organizations, including the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation and the Scout of the Year program.

For more, please visit scoutingfordiamonds.com, facebook.com/ScoutingForDiamonds, twitter.com/Scouting4Dmnds, instagram.com/scoutingfordiamonds.

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