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MLB Productions, ESPN present "Utilityman: The Quest for Cooperstown"
08/13/2004 3:41 PM ET
Major League Baseball Productions and ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) will present "Utilityman: The Quest For Cooperstown," a one-hour "fanumentary" that follows comedians Randy and Jason Sklar on a baseball journey to enshrine former St. Louis Cardinals utilityman Jose Oquendo in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. "Utilityman: The Quest For Cooperstown" will premiere on Monday, August 16 at 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.

In "Utilityman," Randy and Jason Sklar, hosts of the ESPN Classic series "Cheap Seats" and die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fans, meet Jose Oquendo, the man they wish to see enshrined forever among baseball's greatest players. Having secured his blessing, the Sklar brothers' journey to a number of cities to compile research in support of their quest. Their journey takes them to St. Louis (where Jose played for 10 seasons) and New York (where he began his Major League Baseball career in 1983). The Sklar brothers also visit Jose's native Puerto Rico to visit with his family and walk the same fields where Jose learned the game of baseball as a child.

The Sklar brothers also make a stop in Houston to drum up support for their campaign during 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Week. During the All-Star festivities, they plead their case for Jose's Hall of Fame induction to celebrities, baseball broadcasters, baseball legends and members of the 2004 MLB All-Star teams. The journey concludes with The Sklar Brothers' arrival in Cooperstown in time for the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2004 Induction Weekend, where they find out the ultimate result of their quest.

"Utilityman: The Quest For Cooperstown" was co-produced by Major League Baseball Productions and ESPN Original Entertainment. The creative team included David Gavant, Executive Producer; David Check, Senior Coordinating Producer; and Mitchell Scherr, Senior Producer, Major League Baseball Productions and Mike Antinoro Executive Producer; Mark Durand; Senior Producer; and Mitch Wright, Producer, ESPN Original Entertainment.

Major League Baseball Productions is the award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball. With unparalleled access to the game and its players, Major League Baseball Productions produces original programming for growing audiences worldwide through its network specials, exclusive home videos, commercials and other specialty programming.

ESPN Original Entertainment features a wide range of branded programming outside of ESPN's traditional event and news genres. Using a collection of vehicles - original movies, discussion programs, reality-based shows, documentaries, game shows and more - ESPN's goal is to broaden its audience by more strongly appealing to new and casual sports fans.

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