Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball

N.Y. Mets [l. to r.] Tug McGraw, Ron Taylor and Ron Swoboda

Quick stats about the movie

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball is the story of an 11-year major league pitcher who, after winning two world championships with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets, embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life.

After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine, enrolling in medical school at 35 and eventually becoming the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Creative team

Co-writers/directors/producers: Drew Taylor, Matthew Taylor

Filmmaker’s statement

We were raised on the stories our father told. For us, they seemed normal. Just a regular dad having a life before kids.

As we grew older, we started to notice the look in people’s eyes as he relived his baseball moments or helped a patient at his sports injury clinic play a sport that they never thought they would get to experience again. We decided to make this film as a way to not only honour our father but also to tell his story to people who may not have had the chance to get to know him like we did.

We felt there was no better way to make the film than to co-direct and co-write the story allowing each of us to highlight the areas of dad’s life that spoke to us the most.

Many people know him as either a doctor or a baseball player. Few know he also worked as an engineer. We wanted to show how he was able to combine all of his life’s passions, having three successful careers each of which fulfilled a part of his drive to live a full, robust life.

And on top of that, he was our father and role model, shaping us to become the men we are today.

About Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor

Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor

Drew Taylor made his foray into filmmaking with Our Man in Tehran. The film, which premiered the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, went on to win five Canadian Screen Awards including best documentary program and best direction in a documentary.

Drew has had a unique career leading to film. He was a pitcher, playing minor-league professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. He also attended the University of Michigan for his master’s work in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and the University of Toronto for his PhD in biomedical engineering.

He has been published in multiple international medical journals with specific attention to tissue engineering and sports medicine. His strong background in research drew him to documentary filmmaking.

Matthew is a co-founder of Film House Inc. and has a strong background in the industry. He attended Queen’s University where he graduated with a degree in film studies. While living in Kingston, Matthew had two of his shorts premier at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

After graduating he worked at Alliance Atlantis and CanWest in television programming and market research. He has also held posts specializing in theatrical marketing at Maple Pictures, Think Film and Alliance Films.

He currently manages theatrical marketing for VVS Films. With this valuable experience Matthew has a strong passion for narrative feature films.

He was executive producer on the feature film The Death of Indie Rock which premiered at the Bloor Street Cinema and aired on Super Channel.

Matthew was also an associate producer on the feature documentary Our Man in Tehran which went on to air on TMN, Movie Central and HBO Canada.

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