Durham Bulls

Remembering ‘Bull Durham,' and its Orioles ties, on the movie's 30th anniversary

Remembering ‘Bull Durham,' and its Orioles ties, on the movie's 30th anniversary

In five years as an infielder in the Orioles’ farm system from 1967 to 1971, Ron Shelton never made it to the majors, only making it as far as the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. But his time there was a turning point because that experience laid down the foundation for one of Hollywood’s greatest sports movies.

“Bull Durham” turned 30 this past week, and the comedy/romance/sports film still has retained its youthful appeal. Written and directed by Shelton, the movie followed the lives of players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor league baseball team in Durham, N.C.

Kevin Costner starred as “Crash” Davis, a long-in-the-tooth catcher recruited to mentor...

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