Big Ed

Creator: Dave Belisle
Genre: Drama
Age rating: Everyone
Based on a true story, a lone witness and a Buffalo newspaper war are the 1903 backdrop for Hall of Fame slugger Big Ed Delahanty’s mysterious, fatal plunge over Niagara Falls.
Synopsis: At the turn of the century, Ed Delahanty is one of the most revered sluggers in baseball. The sport unfortunately suffers constant growing pains as rival leagues try to lure players from one another. Big Ed Delahanty is one of those most sought after.

Emotions taped to his sleeve, Delahanty at times borders on suicidal. His drinking and gambling, while being signs of the times, make his marriage only an even bet to survive.

On July 2, 1903, having left his team, Washington, for the final time, Big Ed boards a Detroit train bound for Buffalo. He’s hoping to join the New York Giants. The trip to Buffalo gives him pause to drink and reflect in a series of flashbacks. It’s a looking glass mirror of sorts, highlighting the ups and downs of baseball … and himself.

When the conductor ejects him from the train at Bridgeburg, Ontario for rowdy behaviour, the International Bridge stands between Big Ed and his connecting train in Buffalo. That and Sam Kingston, the railroad’s night watchman.

There’s no disputing Delahanty’s body being found eight days later below Niagara Falls. Or that Kingston, the lone witness, changes his story several times – all dutifully recorded by the newspapers. With five daily papers, a newspaper war grips Buffalo. Was it an accident? A suicide? Murder?

A fictional character, James Blackwood, is a Buffalo Express reporter, who connects the dots to what happened in the mysterious death of Big Ed Delahanty.

Latest Work

  • Script 2 - Jamster's 1st Draft
    Creative Notes:
    I trimmed 18 pages from the sp (114 - 96); removed many scenes which didn't involve Big Ed and some others that slowed the story down.

    I also tightened the dialogue but regard this as stage one, as there are other areas that need addressing, and further development - which I shall try and sort out next spring.

    Enjoy the read and I look forward to any feedback that you may have - tks, Jim.

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