By Tiger Rag News Services
The next installment in ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series, “The Walk Off,” premieres on Thursday, June 30, at 8 p.m. CT on SEC Network. The film looks at former LSU baseball player Warren Morris’ championship-winning home run in the 1996 College World Series.
Twenty years ago he became the only man ever to hit a walk off home run to end the College World Series—and it was his only home run of the season. Warren Morris, just recovering from a broken bone in his right hand, could barely swing a bat. Still, legendary LSU coach Skip Bertman inserted him into the lineup in the title game of the college world series against the University of Miami.
It was an era in which home runs flew out of college ball parks at a record pace. But on this day, a terrific wind blowing in from left field had not allowed a single ball to leave the yard. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, LSU down by one and a man on base, one of the smallest players on either roster stepped up, his team in need of a big hit. Morris delivered arguably the biggest moment in college baseball history.
The film is directed by Kenan K. Holley, a two-time Emmy winner and director of ESPN Films documentaries “Dominique Belongs to Us,” “40 Minutes of Hell” and “Redemption Song.” Advanced digital media screeners are available upon request.
About SEC Storied
ESPN Films launched the SEC Storied documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the series has featured films that focus on the SEC’s recent and more distant past, including one of the most-viewed documentaries in ESPN history, “The Book of Manning.” In 2015 SEC Storied received its first two Sports Emmy nominations for both “Outstanding Sports Documentary” and “Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics” with the film “It’s Time: The Story of Brad Gaines and Chucky Mullins.”
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN launched SEC Network on August 14, 2014. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and other events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth analysis and storytelling in studio shows such as SEC Nation, daily news and information with SEC Now, original content such as SEC Storied and SEC Inside, and more. Hundreds of additional live events are available for streaming exclusively on SEC Network’s digital companion, SEC Network+, via WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com. The network has 70 million subscribers in the US and is also available in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa via ESPN Player, ESPN’s sports streaming service in the region.
About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality documentary films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 film series. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the SEC Storied series and short film series 30 for 30 Shorts, Spike Lee’s ‘Lil Joints, and Eva Longoria’s Versus. The group’s highly-anticipated 30 for 30 documentary event “O.J.: Made in America” will air in June.