Ball Boys Tackle Finding a Gift for Dad
04.23.14 by Ryan
"What makes the sports memorabilia community so ripe is the personal attachment people have to the things they own," said producer David George about REELZ's upcoming sports memorabilia reality show Ball Boys to The Hollywood Reporter. "The items people bring into a shop don't just have monetary value, they have personal value... and it's hard for a sports fan to make a distinction between the two. Plus, everyone thinks they're an expert on sports and that is where the TV gold is."
That "gold" will be on display when Ball Boys airs on REELZ. From the producers of Pawn Stars, Ball Boys follows the owners and employees of Robbie's 1st Base, a sports memorabilia store based in Baltimore, Maryland. Robbie Davis Sr., known appropriately as "Senior," runs the store with his son, "Junior," along with sports aficionado Robbie "Shaggy" Reier and employee Lewis "Sweet Lou" Brown. "What drew us to Robbie's 1st Base was the blue collar camaraderie everyone has working there," said George of the shop. "It's like a barbershop for sports where everyone has an opinion and they aren't afraid to tell you when you're wrong. That kind of dynamic makes it perfect for a show."
The clip below sees the Ball Boys visiting sports memorabilia giant Steiner Sports, where Junior and Sweet Lou search for a Yankees-related birthday present for Senior.