• It’s 1977 All Over Again At Yogi’s Place

    Posted by on June 20th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    From The Day.com

    Actors, reporters, television producers and one legend of a baseball player gathered this afternoon at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center to celebrate the upcoming premiere of an eight-part mini-series “The Bronx is Burning,” filmed partly in Norwich and New London.

    The mini-series covers the intense summer of 1977 in New York City, as a serial killer stalked the streets, mayoral candidates ran a bitter race and the New York Yankees made news with clubhouse tensions to rival any soap opera.

    Baseball scenes were shot last fall at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, and some familiar New London buildings can be seen in the shots supposed to be New York City streets.

    The mini-series premieres at 10 p.m. on July 9 on ESPN and will continue on Tuesday nights for seven more one-hour episodes.

    Actor Erik Jensen, who played Thurman Munson, looked at the promotional photos on the wall in a special exhibit at the museum. One shot showed Reggie Jackson, played by Daniel Sunjata, leaving “Fenway Park” after his biggest confrontation to date with manager Billy Martin (actor John Turturro).

    “Wow, that’s awesome,” Jensen said of the photo, in which the rear wall of the ISAAC School serves as the exterior of Fenway Park.

    Several participants, including the real beat writers who covered the Yankees during that tumultuous summer, said they were amazed and impressed at how Dodd Stadium became Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Tiger Stadium and Fenway Park.

    It seems like we’ve been waiting on this one for a long time.

    I’m now looking forward to checking this out. At the least, I want to see who’s going to play Mickey Klutts.

    Comments on It’s 1977 All Over Again At Yogi’s Place

    1. Raf
      June 20th, 2007 | 3:41 pm

      This has potential to be awesomely bad.

    2. Pete
      June 20th, 2007 | 4:46 pm

      This has potential to be awesomely bad.

      The preview after Sunday’s Mets/Yankees game made me believe otherwise, but I could have just been giddy that we won the game 5 minutes prior.

      Turturro is usually good in every role he plays, and Oliver Platt seemed to have the “Raging Steinbrenner” persona down pretty well in the few clips they included of him…

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