We've produced an exciting new film focusing on Toms River's passion for baseball featuring Coach Ken Frank, NJ's winningest high school baseball coach, and NY Mets third baseman Todd Frazier. South Baseball - The Spirit of Winning is the first major film to turn the spotlight on Toms River High School South and legendary Indians Baseball head coach, Ken Frank. Coach Frank not only is New Jersey’s winningest baseball coach, he also is a dedicated mentor who has had a profound impact on the lives of countless players during the past four decades. The 2017 season was his 40th year as head coach.
The film shows former players, many of whom regularly attend spirited games in Ken Frank Baseball Stadium, proudly watching their sons follow in their footsteps. It also includes interviews with sports insiders who share entertaining stories that gave rise to the legend of Coach Frank and Indians baseball. Interest in the film will extend beyond sports fans at the Shore, as the documentary shows how tough love can help young people win in sports and in life.
The one-hour film highlights the remarkable link between Toms River and great baseball players. Todd Frazier, a South alumnus and star on Toms River’s 1998 Little League World Series Championship team, is currently third baseman for the New York Mets. He has played as a Major League All-Star, and was the 2015 Home Run Derby champion. Universities from around the country recruit from South not only because the players know the fundamentals of the game, the boys also have been shaped by Coach Frank into respectful, young men.
The film premiered April 8th, 2018 at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. Additional screenings and television broadcasts are being planned.
Veteran television journalist Sandra Levine, a Toms River native and South alumna who has been nominated 10 times for regional Emmy Awards, produced the project. In 2014 her poignant, one-hour documentary, Heartbreak & Healing After Sandy, aired regionally on PBS.
The film is a sponsored project of the New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc., NJMAC is a 501(c)3 affiliated with Rutgers University dedicated exclusively to the non-commercial exhibition of independent, classic, international, experimental, and progressive cinema.