For you movie buffs out there, from TheChive.com from a piece about The Shawshank Redemption:
Andy and Red’s opening chat in the prison yard, in which Red is pitching a baseball, took 9 hours to shoot. Morgan Freeman pitched that baseball for the entire 9 hours without a single word of complaint. He showed up for work the next day with his arm in a sling.
I call to your attention that Shawshank was absed on Stephen King’s short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.” King, of course, is the author of a few baseball-themed books, including The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Blockade Billy, and, most recently, A Face in the Crowd. The last was co-written with Stewart O’Nan, with whom King published the non-fiction Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season.
According to the Chive piece, King sold the movie rights for Shawshank for $1.