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Third Base: Fielder’s Choice

Episode 3
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The sandlot of yore has disappeared, and we’re uncovering why. See what it takes to keep a game going in today’s age and the impact of the $19 million investment Kansas City and the Royals are making with the Urban Youth Academy.

Call of The Sandlot takes you back to the time when kids played until their mothers called them in for dinner. KCPT and Flatland look back into our local baseball history to tell you why sandlots disappeared and how Sam and Ana Beckett, a Kansas City couple, and the Kansas City Royals are looking to bring the tradition of the sandlot back.

Discover what it was like for Frank White to play baseball while growing up in KC, and see how the Royals are hoping to instill leadership skills and discover untapped talent with the Urban Youth Academy being built in Parade Park behind the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Get ready to heed the Call of the Sandlot.

In the fourth and final episode, you’ll go inside a modern day sandlot game and learn why there’s hope for the future of baseball in Kansas City.

The entire digital series airs as a television program on KCPT on Thursday, August, 24, at 7 p.m.