Belanger is an original documentary that explores the life of the late Mark Belanger, considered by many to be the greatest athlete in the history of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
The film charts Belanger's rise as a two-sport star in high school, where he was an All New England basketball player and a member of Pittsfield's 1960 American Legion baseball team, which finished third out of 33,000 teams in the country, a feat still regarded as the city's seminal athletic achievement.
Belanger was an integral part of the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles teams that played in three consecutive World Series, including their victory over the Cincinnati Reds in 1970. He excelled defensively, winning eight Gold Gloves. His career fielding percentage of .977 is higher than former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
With interviews from Belanger's two sons, his brother, Al, as well as close friends and former teammates, the film focuses on the connection between Belanger's major league career and his hometown, where he returned during the offseason early in his career, and worked full-time at a department store selling athletic equipment.
Directed by Pittsfield native Dominic Dastoli, Belanger is scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2018, 20 years after Belanger passed away from lung cancer.
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