“All that you could ask for ... A nicely twisting tale of fate and baseball.”

Patrick White, Nippertown

“The performances are terrific ... A well-crafted storyline ... a nice mix of comedy and drama.”

Mark Auerbach, Arts Beat Radio

“Very good ... As crisp and tantalizing as a backdoor slider.”

Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate

   Vernon Peters threw only one pitch for the New York Yankees in 1973 and was soon out of baseball and into a life that spiraled down into desperation and despair – poverty, homelessness, alcoholism, a failed marriage, a son who died of a heroin overdose, and eventually an anonymous death. A retired sportswriter who went to high school with Peters reluctantly agrees to collaborate with a young sportswriter who is eager to write a paperback biography of the pitcher. But it soon becomes evident there’s a secret at the heart of  Peters' tragic story – one the older writer fiercely intends to protect.

   Although set against the backdrop of baseball, this character-driven drama, written by Stan Freeman, is less about sports than it is about dreams, life choices and generational differences.

    THE PITCH had its world premiere at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 27, 2020. It was supposed to run until April 5, but the sudden rise of the coronavirus in the region cut the run short. The last performance was on March 13.

   However, with the pandemic winding down, the play will complete its run at the Majestic, restarting Aug. 7, 2021, and ending Aug. 29. 

    "The show must go on!" said Danny Eaton, the producing director of the Majestic Theater. "The set for THE PITCH is still on the Majestic stage, and all of the actors are anxiously waiting for the lights to come up again."

   After the play ends its run in West Springfield, it will be moving to New York for a two-month run this fall at off-Broadway's Jerry Orbach Theater in the Theater Center on W. 50th Street.  The run will begin Sept. 26 and end  Nov. 14. Check back later this summer for more details.

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John Haag, left, who plays the retired sportswriter, and R. Steve Pierce, who plays the pitcher, during a scene from THE PITCH.
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Julian Findlay, left, who plays the younger sportswriter, and John Haag, who plays the retired sportswriter, during a scene from THE PITCH.
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The set for THE PITCH at the Majestic Theater
A scene from the play

Stan Freeman, the playwright of  THE PITCH, talks in
May, 2020, about how the play originated.