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There's a historic house in Durham, N.C., where drive-by traffic tends to slow down to snap a picture. Locals call it the Bull Durham House after the 1988 baseball movie where it plays a big role. Leoneda Inge of member station WUNC went to a recent open house that brought out baseball and pop culture fans alike.

LEONEDA INGE, BYLINE: The Bull Durham House is one of the oldest houses in the city. The sign out front calls it the Manning house.

KATHY CARTER: Welcome to the Manning house. It was built in 1880 for Judge James Manning. He was a prominent Durham citizen and attorney. But you're welcome to start the tour on the upstairs. We have a docent up there.

INGE: That's tour guide Kathy Carter. She quickly pivots from the home's origin to the part folks want to hear.

CARTER: And then come back down and tour downstairs and see the famous tub from the "Bull Durham" movie.


BILLY WARD: (Singing) Sixty-minute man. Oh, yeah.

INGE: Yeah. It's hard to forget that famous love scene in the yellow and white bathtub between Annie and Crash, played by Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner.

JACOB GELLER: We took pictures of the bathtub - us being like, that's...

JACOB GELLER AND ANNIE MAYNARD: ...The real bathtub...

GELLER: ...That Susan Sarandon was in (laughter).

INGE: Jacob Geller is a big "Bull Durham" fan. He and his girlfriend, Annie Maynard, dressed as Annie and Crash for Halloween last year.

ANNIE MAYNARD: We took a picture of - like, on the front of his Honda Fit kind of positioned in the same way that they are on the cover on his much nicer car (laughter).

INGE: People have been asking to see the Bull Durham House after learning the 3,700-square-foot, Queen Anne revival house with the big front porch was for sale. The asking price - $1.6 million. Real estate broker Adam Dickinson says it was hard separating "Bull Durham" lovers from real buyers.

ADAM DICKINSON: It was probably about 2 to 1 in favor of folks who are just sort of curious versus those who are actually potential buyers.

INGE: So he teamed up with a local preservation group and held an open house for everyone. Valerie Jarrett, wearing a blue Durham Bulls baseball T-shirt, admits she's visited the home before. It was during a yard sale earlier this year.

VALERIE JARRETT: 'Cause we've never seen the, like, actual backyard, and it's such a iconic scene in the movie.


TIM ROBBINS: (As Ebby Calvin Laloosh) Give me the [expletive] ball.

JARRETT: We came and pretended to buy things so that we could see the backyard.


ROBBINS: (As Ebby Calvin Laloosh) How do you like that?

SUSAN SARANDON: (As Annie Savoy) That was much better - did you see that? - because your delivery was fully integrated because you weren't thinking about it 'cause you were pissed off at me.

INGE: We all know this movie was not just about a baseball pitcher.


SARANDON: (As Annie Savoy) And I'm going to show you that you're not...

ROBBINS: (As Ebby Calvin Laloosh) I give up. I give up. Come on. Let's go inside...

SARANDON: (As Annie Savoy, laughing).

ROBBINS: ...And make love and fall asleep until it's time to go to the ballpark.

INGE: The Durham Bulls minor league baseball team is still going strong with sellout crowds and fireworks on the weekends. As for the movie home, after a mention in The New York Times, the Bull Durham House is now under contract.

For NPR News, I'm Leoneda Inge in Durham, N.C.


JOHN FOGERTY: (Singing) Oh, put me in, coach. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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