Film type: Short
Film Category: Documentary
Film Length: 20min
Showtimes: Coming Soon
Short Synopsis: Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball is the story of an 11-year major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets, embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life. After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine, enrolling in Medical School at 35 and eventually becoming the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays. Through interviews with former team mates and friends, his two sons uncover the course of their father’s life.
5 Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown)
About Ron Taylor:
Ron Taylor was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1937. He was raised in the north end of Toronto, joining the Leaside Baseball Association at the age of eight. A talented right-handed pitcher he was signed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, but remained in school, completing a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering before being called up to the major leagues. He played Major League baseball for parts of 11 seasons, winning two World Championships with the 1964 Cardinals and the 1969 New York Mets. He also played for the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Montreal Expos. In World Series play, Ron pitcher 7 innings without allowing a single hit. Today, the large Diamond at Leaside’s Talbot Park is named for Ron. After his career is returned to medical school and became the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays, being part of the 1992 and 1993 World Championships. He has received multiple awards and inductions including, the Order of Ontario (O.Ont.), Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Ontario Sports Legends Hall of Fame, Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, Leaside Sports Hall of Fame. For a complete biography, please visit:
About our interviewees
Bob Gibson, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball All-Centaury Team, 9x All-Star (1962, 1965-1970, 1972), 2x World Series Champion (1964, 1967), NL MVP (1968), 2x NL Cy Young Award (1968, 1970), 2x World Series MVP (1964, 1967), 9x Gold Glove Award (1965-1973), NL Wins Champion (1970), MLB ERA Champion (1968), NL Strikeout Champion (1968).
Joe Torre, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 9x All-Star (1963-67, 1970-73), 4x World Series Champion (1996, 1998-2000), NL MVP (1971), Gold Glove Award (1965), NL Batting Champion (1971), NL RBI Champion (1971), 2x Manager of the Year (1996, 1998).
Lou Brock, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 6x All-Star (1967, 1971-2, 1974-5, 1979), 2x World Series Champion (1964, 1967), Roberto Clemente Award (1975).
Tim McCarver, 2x All-Star (1966, 1967), 2x World Series Champion (1964, 1967), Broadcaster and host of The Tim McCarver Show.
Ferguson Jenkins, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 3x All-Star, NL Cy Young Award (1971), 2x Wins Champion (1971, 1974), NL Strikeout Champion (1969).
Joe Carter, 5x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion (1992, 1993), 2x Silver Slugger Award (1991, 1992), AL RBI Champion (1986).
George Bell, 3x All-Star (1987, 1990, 1991), AL MVP (1987), 3x Silver Slugger Award (1985-1987), AL RBI Champion (1987).
Kelly Gruber, 2x All-Star (1989, 1990), World Series Champion (1992), Gold Glove Award (1990), Silver Slugger Award (1990).
Mike Shannon, 2x World Series Champion (1964, 1967). Cardinals Hall of Fame, Broadcaster.
Pat Gillick, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 3x World Series Champion (1992, 1993, 2008), Sporting News Sportsman of the Year (1993).
Art Shamsky, National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, World Series Champion (1969).
Jim Fanning, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
Cito Gaston, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, All-Star (1970), 2x World Series Champion (1992, 1993).
Paul Beeston, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Order of Canada recipient, 2x World Series winning President (1992, 1993).
List of Accolades/Awards:
Audience Choice Best Documentary Short 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival
Audience Choice Best Short Film 2015 Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival (Canada)
Winner Best Short Documentary 2015 Eugene International Film Festival
Winner Best Short Documentary 2015 Orlando Film Festival
Nominated Best Short Documentary 2015 Hollywood Film Festival
Nominated Best Documentary 2015 Sunscreen Film Festival West
People’s Choice 2015 Grand River Film Festival (Canada)
Winner Critics Choice 2015 Regina International Film Festival (Canada)
Nominated Best Film 2015 Regina International Film Festival (Canada)
Nominated Best Music 2015 Regina International Film Festival (Canada)
Silver Screen Award 2015 Nevada International Film Festival
Finalist for Grand Jury Prize 2015 McMinnville Short Film Festival
Honorable Mention 2015 ITSA Film Festival