In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history.

Jackie Robinson had broken the Major League color barrier eight years earlier, but segregation still prevailed, and our future relied on local Southern communities to either embrace Robinson’s pioneering efforts, stand against integration or remain quietly complicit in a system of racial inequality. Florida’s 1955 Little League State Championship represents a shining moment in our nation’s history when children led us all toward a better way.

In the first integrated Little League game in the South, the all-Black Pensacola Jaycees and the all-White Orlando Kiwanis moved beyond fears, threats and the unknown to break with tradition and show the world what was possible. Sixty-one years later, the Little League players tell us how this game changed their lives and why it was more than just a game.


Supported by Friends of Tinker Field Foundation and the Edward E. Haddock, Jr. Family Foundation, the documentary approaches present-day questions of racial conflict by recounting an amazing, positive story that invites us into a much-needed conversation toward healing unresolved wounds from our past.

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Friends of Tinker Field Foundation exists to promote Tinker Field’s rich history of baseball and civil rights and inspire present-day economic, athletic and cultural opportunity in Orlando’s urban communities.

The Edward E. Haddock, Jr. Family Foundation exists to restore relationships between people and planet through human dignity and environmental stewardship.

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