South Dayton Celebrates 30th Anniversary of 'The Natural'

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SOUTH DAYTON, NY - A very special anniversary was commemorated Saturday in the close-knit community of South Dayton in Cattaraugus County.

It was 30 years ago that Hollywood came to town ... stars including Robert Redford, Glen Close, Barbara Hershey and Robert Duvall filmed a memorable scene from "The Natural" in the village in the summer of 1983.

Dennis Gould was just 11 years old at the time. He had a brief speaking role in the movie some say is the best baseball movie ever made.

He was the boy who asked Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, "Hey mister .... What's your name?" Redford's character had just struck out the Babe Ruth-inspired character of Walter "The Whammer" Whambold, played by Joe Don Baker, on his way to becoming a baseball legend.

Gould still has the baseball used in his scene, signed by Redford.

Gould and some of the more than 100 local extras who appeared in the film gathered in the South Dayton village park to meet fans and reminisce about the time the spotlight fell on South Dayton ... and history was made on film.


Movie clips courtesy TriStar Pictures

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