In 1911, Grover Cleveland Alexander - Alex to his friends - is a Nebraska country hayseed who says he wants to settle down, marry his girlfriend Aimee Arrants and be a farmer to offer Aimee a secure and stable life. However he always seems to drop everything whenever the opportunity to play baseball, specifically as a pitcher, arises. This focus on baseball does not sit well with either Aimee or her father, who see it as Alex solely wanting to have fun while shirking responsibility. When Alex is asked to pitch in a game against a visiting professional team, he seizes the chance and throws a three hitter en route to winning the game. That leads to a stint on that pro team, the money from which he promises to use to buy Aimee her farm. When an eye injury seems to end his career even before it begins, he changes his focus to being a farmer to please his now wife Aimee Alexander, but thoughts of baseball that can never be in his life still torture him. When his injury does eventually heal... Written by
The true story of Grover Cleveland Alexander!
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Did You Know?
The opening credits show Grover Cleveland Alexander's plaque at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It is accurate in all respects except one: it shows Ronald Reagan's likeness instead of the real Grover Cleveland Alexander. See more
The film refers to Alexander beginning his career with Galesburg in the "Three Eye" League (Illinois-Iowa-Indiana League), a "B" league at the time. Galesburg and Alexander were actually in the short-lived Illinois-Missouri League, a "D" league. The following year (1910) he played for Syracuse in the class "B" New York State league before the Phillies bought his contract. See more
Don't you understand, Rog? It isn't enough that I believe in him. Baseball's got to brlieve in him too!
What can I do to help Alex?
Please give him back his life, Rog!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Played during the opening credits and sung by Doris Day See more