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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) Poster

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The lead role was originally to have been played by Al Pacino, while Robert De Niro was to have played the driver Paulie in The Godfather (1972). Francis Ford Coppola wanted Al Pacino to play Michael Corleone, so to get Pacino released from his contract for this film, he had to give up De Niro to replace him.
The TV performance of the "Singing Mammoths", was also shot at Shea Stadium on the set of "Kiner's Korner" - the post game show of New York Mets telecasts, hosted by Met broadcaster, and Hall of Fame outfielder, Ralph Kiner.
First produced as an hour-long live TV drama in 1956 on the United States Steel Hour, with Paul Newman as Henry Wiggen and Albert Salmi as Bruce Pierson.
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Though the uniforms appear to be New York Yankee uniforms, they're actually the New York Mammoths.
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To prepare for his role, Robert De Niro went to Florida to watch baseball teams in spring training, then traveled to Georgia and tape recorded conversations to study their accents.
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The stadium used for the fictional NY Mammoths home games was Shea Stadium which from 1964 to 2008 was the home of the New York Mets. Shea was demolished after the 2008 baseball season.
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