Making history

Most people are not thinking about baseball in January, but a baseball story about a small-town Ohio team was released recently on DVD.

“Gibsonburg: The Movie” is based on the true story of of the 2005 Gibsonburg High School baseball team. Under a first-year head coach, the team had a season record of 6-17, but a series of events put them into post-season play, where they won eight tournament games to be named Division IV state champions.

According to www.gibsonburg.

org, Bob Mahaffee, an Elmwood High School graduate, wrote the script and directed the film. With no filmmaking experience, Mahaffee sought film students from The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, Ohio University, Columbus College of Art and Design and other schools.

“Gibsonburg” was shot on a low budget during the summer of 2011 at Huntington Park in Columbus, two central Ohio high schools, North Union and at the Ideal Bakery in downtown Gibsonburg.

The 90-minute film was selected for entry in the Dances With Films Festival and released to theaters in June 2013. The (Toledo) Blade and The Columbus Dispatch carried stories about the movie, produced by Xcelerate Media Inc. of Dublin.

Mahaffee chose to use the baseball players’ real names in the film. The main character, Andy Gruner, is a high school senior and captain of the team. Subplots in the movie concern Gruner’s relationship with Kathy Collaner and mounting debt in his family’s business, Ideal Bakery.

The coming-of-age story also explores the relationships among team members.

The DVD is available from and at Walmart stores. The film’s Facebook page states Ideal Bakery in Gibsonburg also has the DVD and movie posters for sale at $10.

With all the cold weather, a movie about baseball may be just the thing to give winter-weary Ohioans a taste of summer.