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ESPN signs baseball documentary

'Lost Son of Havana' is Tribeca's first acquisition

NEW YORK — “The Lost Son of Havana” is officially the first film acquired at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

ESPN has picked up broadcast rights to the Cuba-set docu, which follows pitcher Luis Tiant’s return to the island nation after 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

The cabler announced that it had acquired TV rights to the John Hock-helmed pic for its ESPN Films division shortly before its Thursday world preem as part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film subfest. “Lost Son” will be broadcast in August on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in English- and Spanish-language versions.

“I grew up playing Wiffle ball, trying to pitch like Luis Tiant,” said Hock of the 67-year-old former ballplayer. “Traveling with him to Cuba, I discovered he was also playing for the love of his father, a Cuban and Negro League legend he had to leave behind.”

Pic is produced by the Farrelly brothers and narrated by Chris Cooper.

CAA brokered the deal.

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