Movie Opens on MCHS Graduate Beane
Mt. Carmel High School alumnus Billy Beane, the current general manager of the Oakland A’s, is coming to the big screen. Well, actually, his character looks a lot like Brad Pitt.
The film version of Michael Lewis’ best-selling 2003 book, “Moneyball” — about Beane and his baseball philosophy — opens Sept. 23 throughout the U.S., including San Diego. Pitt stars as Beane in the film, which is directed by Bennett Miller.
Son of a U.S. Navy officer who taught him to pitch, Beane excelled in baseball, football and basketball at Mt. Carmel, located in Rancho Penasquitos. He eventually gave up football, although Stanford University reportedly still recruited him as a quarterback. He attended UC San Diego, eventually becoming the 23rd overall pick in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets. He played parts of six seasons as a reserve outfielder with the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Lions, and Athletics from 1984 to 1989.
The movie, from Sony Pictures — also stars Robin Wright, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill. It was shot on location at Cal State Long Beach.