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The true story of Grover Cleveland Alexander! See more »
Plot:
Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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THE WINNING TEAM, is a nice little drama about marriage, love, physical problems & sports. See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Doris Day ... Aimee Alexander

Ronald Reagan ... Grover Cleveland Alexander
Frank Lovejoy ... Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller ... Margaret Killefer
James Millican ... Bill Killefer

Russ Tamblyn ... Willie Alexander (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Gordon Jones ... George Glasheen
Hugh Sanders ... Joe McCarthy
Frank Ferguson ... Sam Arrants
Walter Baldwin ... Pa Alexander

Dorothy Adams ... Ma Alexander
Bob Lemon ... Jesse 'Pop' Haines
Jerry Priddy ... Ballplayer
Peanuts Lowery ... Ballplayer (as Peanuts Lowrey)
George Metkovich ... Ballplayer
Irv Noren ... Ballplayer (as Irving Noren)
Hank Sauer ... Ballplayer
Al Zarilla ... Ballplayer
Gene Mauch ... Ballplayer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Lauter ... Eddie Collins (replaced by Lee Roberts) (scenes deleted)
Frank Baker ... Fan Outside Stadium (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Johnny - Bartender (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Sherdel, Cardinals Player (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Batboy (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Detective Blake (uncredited)
Ward Brant ... Fan (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... McNamee's Assistant (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Angry Fan (uncredited)
Jess Cavin ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Umpire (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Pianist in Speakeasy (uncredited)
Tom Daley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Steve Darrell ... Doan, Manager of House of David Baseball Team (uncredited)
Jimmie Dodd ... Fred (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Cigar Stand Owner (uncredited)
Bonnie Kay Eddy ... Grover's Sister (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Listener (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Bill Klem - Umpire (uncredited)
Alan Foster ... Customer (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Announcer (uncredited)
Lou Gehrig ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Sports Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Telephone Lineman Foreman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Townswoman (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Carlson Carlton, Lecturer (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Telephone Lineman (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Listener (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
William Kalvino ... Batter (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
John Kennedy ... Announcer (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Bill Lovett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Graham McNamee (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Opthamologist (uncredited)
Louis Manley ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
Mickey Mantle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Box Office Dame (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Frank McFarland ... Johnson (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Doorman (uncredited)
Fred Millican ... Central City Catcher (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Leslie K. O'Pace ... Speakeasy Doorman (uncredited)
Robert Orrell ... Catcher (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Arthur Page ... Preacher (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Central City Fan (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Dr. Johnson Conant (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Soldier (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Fan (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Eddie Collins (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Fan Outside Stadium (uncredited)

Babe Ruth ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Midway Barker (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Carnival Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Alex Sharp ... First Baseman (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Rival Manager (uncredited)
Bill Slack ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Sarcastic Reporter (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Listener (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Glen Turnbull ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Umpire (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Charles 'Red' Doonin, Philadelphia Nationals Manager (uncredited)
Jack Wilson ... Trainer (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Usher (uncredited)
Pinky Woods ... Batter (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
 
Writing credits
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) and
Seeleg Lester (screenplay) &
Merwin Gerard (screenplay)

Seeleg Lester (story) and
Merwin Gerard (story)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Douglas Bacon 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Kuehl)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
 
Other crew
Aimee Alexander .... technical advisor (as Mrs. Grover Cleveland Alexander)
Emory Horger .... dialogue director (as Emory Hoerger)
Jerry Priddy .... technical advisor
Arnold 'Jigger' Statz .... technical advisor (as Arnold Statz)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
98 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:Approved (certificate #15757)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The fans are shown giving a loud, enthusiastic standing ovation to Alexander for his pitching heroics in the 1926 World Series. However, the games that Alexander won in the 1926 World Series were played in Yankee Stadium, meaning that the fans were rooting for the Yankees, not the Cardinals. The fans were stunned when Babe Ruth was caught stealing at second to end the Series - not just because of the way it ended, but because their team had lost to a team it had been heavily favored to beat.See more »
Quotes:
Aimee Alexander:Now remember what Bill Killefer said. He said as long as Alex can stand on his two feet, he's still the pitcher I'd want to have in there when we're in a tough spot.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
THE WINNING TEAM, is a nice little drama about marriage, love, physical problems & sports., 11 May 2009
Author: Larry41OnEbay-2 from Culpeper, VA USA

Ronald Reagan delivers one of his best screen performances as baseball great Grover Cleveland Alexander in THE WINNING TEAM. The title refers to the mutually supportive relationship between Alexander and his loving wife Aimee (top-billed Doris Day); with this in mind, is it any surprise that the real Aimee Alexander served as the film's technical adviser. What was left out of the script & film was that Aimee married her husband three separate times after twice divorcing him to as she said stop him from drinking. THE WINNING TEAM was directed by Lewis Seiler who went from directing 2-reel silent comedies to making westerns with legendary Tom Mix. Among his best sound films are GUADALCANAL DIARY and some DEAD END KIDS & CHARLIE CHAN films. THE WINNING TEAM was produced by Bryan Foy a long time friend of Ronald Reagan's as they made so many "B" films together he was jokingly referred to as "keeper of the B's" (low budget, shorter films to play second on a double bill). Foy directed the very first all-talkie feature film LIGHTS OF NEW YORK in 1928 and he produced the most successful 3-D film of the 1950's, HOUSE OF WAX in 1953. And yes Foy was one of the sons of vaudevillian Eddie Foy.

Grover Cleveland "Old Pete" Alexander lived from 1887 to 1950. He was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938. In his 1911 debut, Alexander led the league with 28 wins (a modern-day rookie record), 31 complete games, 367 innings pitched, and seven shutouts. He was drafted into WWI and in France was an artillery officer, where he suffered from shell shock and partial hearing loss. Injuries from playing baseball and battle fatigue lead to more physical problems and alcoholism. After the film was finished Ronald Reagan was disappointed that it was not made more clear that Alexander suffered from Epilepsy, the studio banned the use of the word in the film because of a social stigma at the time. Modern examples of controversy might include living legends Pete Rose and Mark McGuire. But it has been suggested that the drinking was due to his fear (which the film touches on) from not understand epilepsy and the seizures that he had. Notable Achievements include: 373 career wins (3rd all-time); Won 20 games or more 9 times, won 30 games or more 3 times; Pitched 90 shutouts (2nd all time); Won NL Pitcher's Triple Crown in 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1920; World Series champion (1926); National League pennants (1915), (1918) In 1999 he was ranked number 12 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Ballplayers of all time.

Ronald Reagan best known as our 40th President, started his acting career as a sports caster in Des Moines, Iowa which led to being a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs. In 1937 he moved to Hollywood and debuted in LOVE IS IN THE AIR. He appeared in dozens of B films. In the 1939 Bette Davis "A" film DARK VICTORY, Reagan got good notices which led to better roles as in George Gipp (win this one for the "Gipper") in the sports bio KNUTE ROCKNE: ALL American and George Armstrong Custer in SANTE FE TRAIL. He was never Oscar nominated but many consider his role in KINGS ROW to be his best performance. In 1951 he made his first film with Doris Day, it was a KKK drama called STORM WARNING. During the 1950s he was a democrat and fought communism as the head of the Screen Actors Guild and while working in television as host of the General Electric Theater he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. He met his wife Nancy Davis while making the film HELLCATS OF THE NAVY. His last film was THE KILLERS in 1964. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California and the rest they say is history.

Doris Day turned 87 this past April 3rd, she was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff in Evanston, Ohio. At 14 she won a talent contest on a Cincinnati radio, the band leader joked she should change her name to something shorter for a marquee. The song she sang was "Day by Day." Doris Day was soon discovered by band leader Les Brown and their hit SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY sent her to Hollywood where she made ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS in 1948. Her song, "IT'S MAGIC" was Oscar nominated for best song. Among her many film highlights are CALAMITY JANE, TEACHER'S PET (her favorite), LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, THE PAJAMA GAME, Hitchcock's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THAT TOUCH OF MINK and PILLOW TALK (my favorite) where she was Oscar nominated for Best Leading Actress. Her TV career included THE DORIS DAY SHOW, DORIS DAY TODAY & DORIS DAY'S BEST FRIENDS. She is now retired, living in Carmel California, a full-time vegetarian and an animal rights activist.

3rd billed Frank Lovejoy plays Rogers Hornsby another ballplayer who befriends Alexander. You may not remember his name but you will recognize him, square-jawed, intense, no-nonsense Frank Lovejoy played a succession of detectives, street cops, reporters and soldiers in films. He made his Broadway debut in 1934 and with his gritty, authoritative voice was perfect for radio making thousands of old time radio show appearances on "Gangbusters", "Night Beat" and "Damon Runyon Theater".

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