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Ben Harding is a terrific pitcher for a small-town amateur baseball team. When the Minneapolis Pink Sox, a major-league team, is delayed in his town, Ben's team plays a scrub game against them and the Pink Sox are astonished to see this amateur strike out their best batters. Ben is given a contract with the Pink Sox but his experience in the big city on a major-league team changes him into a rude and pompous lout. Only when his good fortune is reversed does Ben have a chance to right himself. Written by
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Nice little film about baseball and love in rural America in 1919.
Charles Ray stars as the local hero in the "bush" league who gets his chance in the major leagues but is a failure. He comes back home in disgrace but gets a second chance by winning the big game back in the bush leagues. His reward is a second chance at the big league and winning the local sweetheart (Colleen Moore).
Snappy 55-minute film is a showcase for Ray who was a big star in silent films. The film is also good for early looks at Moore and John Gilbert (who plays the banker's son) who would both be superstars of the 20s.
In 1919 baseball was the passion of America, and this film is full of little touches of baseball humor and slogans. Worth a look.
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