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Temple Shalom Softball: The First Inning

Parody of Ken Burns' "Baseball" chronicles the 40-year history of a men’s recreational softball league. Narration by MLB Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Eric Nadel & Brad Sham, radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys.

Ringers, rivals, replicas of iconic baseball moments, and mustached reenactments bring the color and comedy of this storied league to life.

The FIRST INNING (1969-1977) charts the origins of the league: From its roots as a parking lot pickup game to its schoolyard-style draft and the evolution of the first player evaluations.

  • Randy Kramen
    Prison A-Go-Go
  • Randy Kramen
    Prison A-Go-Go
  • Randy Kramen
    Prison A-Go-Go
  • Eric Nadel
    Key Cast
  • Brad Sham
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Sports, Comedy, Historical
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 14, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Randy Kramen

Randy Kramen is producing TEMPLE SHALOM SOFTBALL, a 7-part
(“7-inning”) documentary/comedy series on men’s recreational softball featuring narration by Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame announcer Eric Nadel.

Schooled in journalism at University of Texas at Austin and film and video at the University of North Texas, Mr. Kramen has followed his passion for sports and film to the sports desk of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the story department of DreamWorks in Hollywood.

TEMPLE SHALOM SOFTBALL marks Mr. Kramen’s biggest project to date: a parody of Ken Burns’ “Baseball" featuring softball reenactments based on standings, box scores, and game notes archived since 1975.

Mr. Kramen is married, the father of two, and teaches video production at Anna High School. He is an ardent fan of fantasy sports, the Texas Rangers, baseball road trips, and his father’s love for the game.

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