'We felt this was a story worth telling."
"In the fall of 2000 while working on a documentary about "Shoeless Joe" Jackson for ESPN Classic, we met Joe Anders, a textile leaguer from Greenville, South Carolina. Intrigued by stories told off-camera by Joe, we spent an afternoon with him and his wife, Kate.
We listened to many stories about their lives growing up in the mill village, and their undying love for each other. Joe had several offers to play professional baseball, but he and Kate did not want to be separated, nor could they bring themselves to leave the security of the mill hill. We felt this was a story worth telling.
Production began on THREAD, and after nearly fifty hours of on-camera interviews with players, wives, fans, mill workers, writers and historians, we found that Kate and Joe's story was not unique. Many great ballplayers had their own chance at fame in the big leagues, but chose instead the security, family, and friendship of the mill community."