Baseball Book on Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn To Become A Movie

Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn

Kirker Butler, who has co-executive produced and written for the Fox animated comedies “Cleveland Show” and “Family Guy“, has just optioned the movie rights to the book “Fifty-Nine in ’84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had.”

The book was written by Providence Journal columnist Ed Achorn and is a historical biography about baseball pitcher Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn. The story is set in 1884 when baseball was just an afterthought in the minds of most Americans. Radbourn endured a grueling season in which he often pitched to the point at which he couldn’t lift his arm to comb his hair the next day. During the course of the season however, Radbourn set a baseball record that will never be eclipsed with 59 wins in one season.

Butler is currently a co-executive producer for Fox’s “Cleveland Show” and has previously written for “Family Guy.” Butler admits his goal is not to write the script for the movie himself, but instead to team up with the best producer and director possible to put out a great movie.

(Source: THR)

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