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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some of Louisville's best basketball talent helped put the Dirt Bowl on the map. Now a local film maker is releasing a documentary that shares the history of the event with the rest of the world.
"This was called 'The Hole,' and this was the first court to be played here in Shawnee Park," says Film Maker Nathaniel Spencer, speaking from one of the basketball courts at Shawnee Park.
The Dirt Bowl moved to Shawnee Park in the early '70s.
"Louisville was known nationally for the Dirt Bowl," Spencer said.
And Spencer says it would eventually attract some of the biggest names in basketball.
"People don't know that Kobe Bryant's dad played in the Dirt Bowl," Spencer said.
Spencer recently helped produce a documentary about the Dirt Bowl and directed the film.
He says he did it "to restore the history, to restore the tradition and the heritage of what the Dirt Bowl is about."
The film includes both Louisville basketball legends and the people who helped get the event off the ground in 1969.
"This is where Darrell Griffith really came in at and really kicked the Dirt Bowl off and really started bringing in that crowd of people," Spencer said. "We even have the first referee ah, Wilbert Hackett Sr. as well as his son, Wilbert Hackett Jr."
"At one point there was a lot of guys in this town that played in the dirt bowl that did a bunch of things and they all were going to division one schools," says Kevin Gray, Head Men's basketball coach at Spalding University. "I played from about '69 to about '73, '74."
Gray says he often shares those stories with his players. "Not about myself but about all the quality guys, players that played in it that did so many things."
The film also covers the demise and return of the Dirt Bowl.
"Last year 2012 was good, it was great, you know it was the comeback year," Spencer said.