Film explores Negro League baseball players experiences – News – GoUpstate


Robert Scott, who played five years in the Negro Leagues, wasn’t always welcome in the cities where his team played in the late 1940s and 50s.

Scott played for the New York Black Yankees and Memphis Red Sox during his five-year career. He was a pitcher and played first base. The Macon, Georgia, native is featured in a documentary “The Other Boys of Summer” produced by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Lauren Meyer of New Jersey.

The film explores racism and civil rights through the lives of Negro League baseball players.

Free screenings of the film were shown at Spartanburg locations this week including Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg Community College’s Downtown Campus and Spartanburg County Headquarters Library.

Scott is among 12 former Negro League players featured in the film. He describes an incident in 1950 when his team was in Charleston and they had to stay in a funeral home.

“It was the only place for us to stay,” Scott said. “They made us stay in a funeral home. I will never forget that.”

Meyer began making the film in 2007. It was a freelance project that wasn’t financed by a production company. She wanted to tell the personal stories of players…

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