One Sunday afternoon in 1964, the Stegner’s Chili baseball team found themselves overmatched in an unwinnable game. Joe Acito, hoisting a passion and faith rarely paralleled, held the mound against his coach’s attempt to pull him out during an unusually rough first inning. His determination, however, yielded nothing but a grand slam by the next batter.
Acito on the Mound is the story of that game, written by Acito’s teammate and lifelong friend Gene Miller after Joe passed away in 2011. It was published in Cincinnati Magazine in November of that year. The story was then picked up by a small movie production company, for which Miller’s son-in-law works, and made into a short film.
As a fundraiser and tribute to Acito, who taught at Elder High School for more than 40 years, the school’s Joe Acito Scholarship Fund is hosting a “program of surprise entertainment” featuring speeches, remembrances, and a screening of the short film, also titled Acito on the Mound. The event will take place at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. More information can be found here.