Ex-major leaguer to attend film premiere
LeROY — Billy Sample, a former major league baseball player who played for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, will attend the Midwest premiere of his movie, "Reunion 108," this weekend at the Princess Theater in LeRoy.
He wrote, co-directed and co-stars in the film, which will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
The script won the best unproduced screenplay prize at the 2011 Hoboken (N.J.) Film Festival, which generated enough interest from producers and investors to get the film made.
The synopsis: Two generations of professional baseball players return for a reunion game at one of their minor league stops en route to the big leagues.
Unbeknownst to them, the owner of the club, on his way to a month of rustic living in the high Asian elevations and desiring a connection to home, arranges an inducement to get the players to reveal novel anecdotes from their past "on and off the field."
The only apparent commonality between the two groups is their success on the field, with each team providing locals with only two minor league championships for the small town in an Allegheny Mountains valley.