Alan Brown, professor in the department of psychology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, responds:
News Reel sequence from Knights Field. Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium was fitted with s scoreboard. Note "Rich Products" ad in right field. Roy Hobbs shows off his pitching skills at the Rockpile Hollywood came to Buffalo during the summer of Famed actors Robert Redford and Glenn Close would use the Queen City as the back drop for one of the most beloved movies in cinematic history.
The film "The Natural", was an adaptation of Bernard Malamud's novel. Set in the s, Buffalo, New York offered the production company a wealth of setting perfect for the script. For lovers of Forgotten Buffalo, the Natural did more than tell the story of fictional baseball player Rob Hobbs, it captured on film, some locations for the last time, many popular city landmarks.
The production staff had been searching for a location for the summertime scenes which would authentically recapture the time and spirit of the 's as the home of the fictional New York Knights baseball team.
Filming on "The Natural" began on August 1,but weeks before shooting started, Barry Levinson and key members of his crew were scouting locations. Their primary concern was finding a baseball stadium that looked the way stadiums looked in the '30s. We then started looking for big minor league parks of the right size and period.
On calling a local newsman they were told that the stadium had been torn down. The stadium was wrong but the people were lovely. I was sitting in the locker room feeling dejected, when an elderly man who had been Satchel Paige's catcher and was now the trainer of the Louisville Red Birds came up to me.
I told him about my search for the right stadium. Bourne explained he was the production designer of the movie "The Natural" and that he was coming to Buffalo to take a look at War Memorial Stadium. Billoni admits that at first he thought the phone call was a prank.
They sent their best limo to pick him up at the airport and then drove him not just to the stadium, but onto the field right up to home plate. I called Barry and told him he had to see it--there was no question about it--this was our stadium. Buffalo Central Terminal after years of neglect is coming back to life thanks to an army of volunteers Buffalo Central Terminal, Memorial at Paderewski Drives, Buffalo Hobbs walks through Chicago's cathedral-like train station with the scout, Sam Simpson John Finnegan.
Film crew used the main concourse of Buffalo Central Terminal for the scene in which Hobbs arrive in Chicago in When it opened injust months before the start of the Great Depression, Buffalo Central Terminal was considered the last word in elegance.
The images captured during the filming of the Natural show the Terminal in its glory. In the early 90s, the interior was completely destroyed by vandals, thieves and treasure hunters. No longer in use as a train station, and the subject to decades of neglect and vandalism, the remiants of the concourse are currently owned by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.
Open to the public during speical events and tours, the building, even in its current ruin state, is a must see while visiting Buffalo. Visit website at www. The court, finished in Italian marble, with a mosaic floor, is canopied under a glass roof, 70 x feet. Lit by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with smoke provided by the special effects men, the lobby had a wonderful look of turn-of-the-century richness.
Ellicott Square Building was designed by famed American architect D. At the time of its completion init was the largest commercial office structure in the world. Has gone through many historial restroations.
Lobby is open to the public during week day business hours. The "star" of the show.
Known affectionately to Buffalonians as "the old rockpile," the stadium was built between and as a New Deal relief project.
Situated on the grounds of an old reservoir, the rockpile arose out of muddy red clay with the help of an army of 1, federal workers, whose shanties and work sheds looked like "a town sprung up overnight following the discovery of gold. On its completion, sports writers hailed it as a great stadium.
Flaherty of the Washington Times-Herald, although acknowledging that it was "one of the finest," pointed out that "it is now equipped to accommodate no more than 38, persons, which in Buffalo's case happens to be too many--mostly because Buffalo doesn't have anything to put in it.
Despite two halcyon periods in the '40s and the '60s, the stadium, whose name was changed four times beginning with Roesch Memorial and ending with War Memorial indid not find a regular, thriving tenant. When the Bills, members of the fledgling American Football League, ended their agreement with the Rockpile inthe stadium stood empty until When we visited Italy earlier this year we booked Brunello di Montalcino Wine Day Tour with the Roman Guy.
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