10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Bang the Drum Slowly”

“Bang the Drum Slowly” was released in 1973. It is a well-known American sports drama that was directed by John D. Hancock. In this film, the star of the show is a baseball player who has a terminal illness and limited intellect, and his more skilled, smarter teammate takes a keen and impactful interest in his life. It is a film adaptation of a baseball novel from 1956 written by Mark Harris. While the film was watched, and is still watched today, there are certain bits of information that are surprising to some fans. Here you can learn 10 interesting things about “Bang the Drum Slowly” you may have never heard before.

1. Robert De Niro’s Preparation

To get ready for the roll, De Niro visited Florida where he watched baseball team’s spring training. He also visited Georgia to tape conversations to get the player’s accents right.

2. The Title Reference

It is believed that the show’s title, “Bang the Drum Slowly,” is a reference to the song “Streets of Laredo” which features the words of a cowboy who is dying.

3. The Uniforms in the Film are Deceiving

While the uniforms used in the film look to be ones of the New York Yankees, they actually belong to the New York Mammoths.

4. Robert De Niro wasn’t “Given” the Lead Role

Before finally landing the lead role in the film, De Niro had to audition seven times.

5. Henry Wiggen’s Secret

Wiggen was the hero in the novel, “The Southpaw,” written by Mark Harris. This is the novel that the film and screenplay are also based on. However, Wiggen, who was played by Michael Moriarty, isn’t a southpaw, but actually a right-handled pitcher.

6. The “Singing Mammoths” Performance

This performance was filmed at Shea Stadium at the set of “Kiner’s Korner,” during the post-game show of the New York Mets telecasts and hosted by hall of fame outfielder and Met broadcaster Ralph Kiner.

7. Shea Stadium is Seen in the Film

The Shea Stadium was used as the fictional NY Mammoths stadium. Shea stadium was the home of the New York Mets from the period of 1964 until 2008 and then demolished.

8. De Niro wasn’t First Choice for the Lead Role

Originally, Al Pacino was set to play the lead in the movie, while De Niro was going to be the driver, Paulie, in “The Godfather.” Because Francis Ford Coppola wanted Pacino to play the role of Michael Corleone, he had to give up De Niro to get him released from his contract.

9. The TV Drama

“Bang the Drum Slowly,” was originally produced as a television drama that ran for one hour in 1956 on the U.S. Steel Hour with Bruce Pearson played by Albert Salmi and Henry Wiggen played by Paul Newman.

10. The Eerie Coincidence

De Niro’s character wore the number 15 for the team, and so did Thurman Munson who played catcher for the Yankees. He also passed away prior to finishing his career.

Leave a Reply

Five Things You Didn’t Know About “Last Outpost” on Discovery
Why Octavia Blake is the Most Important Character on “The 100”
Meet and Learn About the “Forged in Fire” Judges
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Here’s Why “The Fifth Element” Never got a Sequel
Gone but Not Forgotten: 5 Must See Movies Leaving Netflix in May 2018
Disney’s Netflix Exodus
DC Animated Movies 2018
An Overview of All the DC Animated Movies in 2018
The Top Uses of The O’Jays “Love Train” in Movies or TV
The Top Uses of Ice T Songs in Movies or TV
The Top Uses of Naughty By Nature Songs in Movies or TV
The Top Uses of Black Sheep Songs in Movies or TV
Snoop Dogg Explains Hockey Rules and Culture In Video Series For NHL Playoffs
We’re Praying That Floyd Mayweather Fights in the MMA
“The Mountain” Hafthor Bjornsson Wins Arnold Sports Festival Strongman Classic
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi Discusses Partnership With Watch Brand Longines
Pneumatic Overwatch Doomfist Guantlet Made In Real Life With 2,600 Pounds Of Punching Force
Shigeru Miyamoto is Officiall Not Allowed to Bike to Work for Fear of “Frogger”
Watch Jeff Goldblum Hilariously Read Famous Video Game Dialogue
The 10 Most Overpowered Weapons In Video Gaming History
Why a “Miss Congeniality” Broadway Show is Inevitable
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Cary Fukunaga
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Andrey Zvyagintsev
How Jaclyn Smith Went from “Charlie’s Angels” To Fashion Empire