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"The Natural is supposed to be a blue-eyed boy who teethed on a 36-ounce Louisville Slugger. He should run like the wind and throw boysenberries through brick. He should come from California." Steve Wulf, Sports Illustrated, 1981. So how was it that a pudgy 19-year-old Mexican left-handed pitcher from a remote village in the Sonoran desert, unable to speak a word of English, could sell out stadiums across America and become a rock star overnight? In Fernando Nation, Mexican-born and Los Angeles-raised director Cruz Angeles traces the history of a community that was torn apart when Dodger Stadium was built in Chavez Ravine and then revitalized by one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Nicknamed "El Toro" by his fans, Fernando Valenzuela ignited a fire that spread from LA to New York -- and beyond. He vaulted himself onto the prime-time stage and proved with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil. In this layered look at the myth and the man, Cruz Angeles recalls the euphoria around Fernando's arrival and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela himself opens up to share his perspective on this very special time. Even 20 years later, "Fernandomania" lives.
- Stars: Angelo Dundee , Antonio Davis , Barry Switzer , Bernie Kosar , Bill Clinton , Bill Gallo , Bill Plaschke , Bill Simmons , Bo Jackson , Bob Costas , Bob Ryan , Brent Musburger , Brian Bosworth , Bruce McNall , Bryan Burwell , Charley Steiner , Chris Berman , Chuck D. , Clyde Drexler , Connie Chung , Craig James , Curt Schilling , Dale Hansen , Dan Le Batard , Dan Patrick , Dan Rather , David Stern , Dennis Rodman , Dick Vitale , Donald Trump , Ed Bradley , Fred Akers , Howard Cosell , Howie Long , Hubert Davis , Ice Cube , Jack McCallum , Jalen Rose , Jane Pauley , Jay Bilas , Joe Dumars , Joe Theismann , John Singleton , John Starks , Johnny Dawkins , June Jones , Keith Jackson , Keith Olbermann , Kenny Anderson , Kevin Blackistone , Larry Bird , Larry Brown , Larry King , Leon Searcy , Lou Holtz , Lou Piniella , Magic Johnson , Maria Shriver , Mark Heisler , Mark Messier , Marv Albert , Michael Eric Dyson , Michael Jordan , Michael Wilbon , Mike Krzyzewski , Mike Tirico , Mike Tyson , Pat Riley , Patrick Ewing , Pedro Martinez , Pete Rozelle , Ray Van Ness III , Roy Williams , Rudy Giuliani , Sal Marchiano , Sam Smith , Sidney Lowe , Skip Bayless , Snoop Dogg , Spike Lee , Terry Francona , Tom Brokaw , Vin Scully , Wayne Gretzky