Love or Baseball?

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Jesse A. Murray

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As a kid growing up in Columbia, Missouri, Ozzie Shaw's only focus is baseball. With the help of his father, Ozzie has the passion, the drive, and the talent to one day make it into the Major Leagues. However, in high school, like many boys his age, Ozzie meets a girl, and falls in love. At the end of his senior year, Ozzie has to make that fateful decision: love or baseball?



Short Summary

The story begins with the main character Ozzie Shaw sitting with his father, and they are having their first beer together. Ozzie had recently returned home after suffering from an injury that put a hold on his career in the major leagues. They are both unsure on what to do next.

After Ozzie's journey to the major leagues, and losing everything due to an injury and a series of poor decisions, Ozzie finally realizes what is important in life. He creates a charitable foundation that helps others, and he makes peace with himself and with his deceased father.


Columbia, MO, St. Louis, MO, Nashville, TN.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message,,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Ozzie Shaw

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Lone Wolf, Obedient, Insecure, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities,Naive,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Joe Shaw

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Manipulative, Aggressive, Blunt,Masculine,Aggressive,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizabeth Fielder

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Funny, Heartthrob, Romantic, Beautiful, Charming, Engaging,Romantic,Educated,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Rick Belamy

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Gracious, Honorable, Leader, Selfless,Selfless,Funny

Development Pitch

Love or Baseball? is not your typical story. It is funny, sad, inspirational and complex. It's not just about love, it's not just about baseball, it's about life. The book takes you on a powerful emotional journey, and a movie adaptation has the potential to do the same. The story is very character driven, and by the end, the viewer will feel like the characters are a part of their family. They will be able to relate on a deep level, and it will be a story/movie they will never forget. The movie also has the potential to change people's lives, and to inspire change in the lives of professional athletes, and professional sports in general. The movie will be a vivid inside look on the, sometimes, unglamorous journey that a professional baseball player has to take in order to make it. It will show the impact it has on family, on friends, and on loving relationships. Most of all, it will show the impact that it can have on the athlete himself. This movie will give a glimpse into the not-so-fairy-tale experiences that many professional athletes have. This movie can show something that is often not talked about, and often not shown for all to see. Baseball has a large audience worldwide, and this movie is about much more than baseball. Showing something that doesn't often get shown can have a significant impact on audiences, and it can promote change. That's what Love or Baseball? is all about, and that's why it should be chosen to be made into a movie.

About The Author

Jesse A. Murray is a Canadian writer and high school teacher. His debut novel Love or Baseball was released in October 2018. He is currently working on a spin-off of his debut novel, and two other manuscripts.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Sports fans, Baseball fans, St. Louis Cardinals.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Off the Field Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available