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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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Cast

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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
Irving Noren ... Ballplayer
Hank Sauer ... Ballplayer
Al Zarilla ... Ballplayer
Gene Mauch ... Ballplayer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Horvath ... Telephone Lineman (unconfirmed)
Harry Lauter ... Eddie Collins (replaced by Lee Roberts) (scenes deleted)
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)
Ralph Brooks ... McNamee's Assistant (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Angry Fan (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Umpire (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Pianist in Speakeasy (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)

Pat Flaherty ... Bill Klem - Umpire (uncredited)
Alan Foster ... Customer (uncredited)
Lou Gehrig ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Sports Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Telephone Lineman Foreman (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Carlson Carlton, Lecturer (uncredited)
William Kalvino ... Batter (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
John Kennedy ... Announcer (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Graham McNamee (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Opthamologist (uncredited)
Mickey Mantle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Box Office Dame (uncredited)
Frank McFarland ... Johnson (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Doorman (uncredited)
Fred Millican ... Central City Catcher (uncredited)
Robert Orrell ... Catcher (uncredited)
Arthur Page ... Preacher (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Central City Fan (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Dr. Johnson Conant (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Eddie Collins (uncredited)

Babe Ruth ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Midway Barker (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Carnival Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Alex Sharp ... First Baseman (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Sarcastic Reporter (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Listener (uncredited)
Glen Turnbull ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Umpire (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Charles 'Red' Doonin, Philadelphia Nationals Manager (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Usher (uncredited)
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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
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:Approved (certificate #15757)

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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:
Anachronisms: Grover Cleveland Alexander retired from baseball in 1930, yet we see him with a number on the back of his jersey, a practice that did not begin until the following year, 1931.See more »
Quotes:
Sideshow heckler:How does it feel to be livin' off the fleas?
Grover Cleveland Alexander:Well, it's better than havin' 'em live offa me.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me Out to the Ball GameSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good Film Even Without the Truth, 1 August 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Winning Team, The (1952)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty good, if watered down, drama about the career of Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (Ronald Reagan) who started life on the farm but quickly made a name for himself as a pitcher. When his career was apparently over he started to suffer from alcoholism but his wife (Doris Day) gets him back into shape so that he can make a comeback. Once again we have a bio-pic that has been fictionalized but even with this the movie manages to be very entertaining from start to finish thanks to some very good performances. I think there are a few minor issues with one of them being the fact that the studio forced the producer's to cut down on some of the more darker moments. The alcoholism issue is only touched for a few seconds and Alexander's battle with epilepsy is pretty much overlooked. Another minor problem is that this is a movie about Alexander yet a lot of the attention goes to the wife. Day got top-billing but this is certainly Reagan's movie but at the same time there are many scenes that are obviously here just to give Day more scenes and this includes a really bad singing sequence around Christmas time. With all of that said, the rest of the movie is pretty much a winner. Baseball fans are really going to eat up seeing how they were playing back in the day plus we get to view the old-time uniforms and even better is that we get to see some of the old baseball stadiums. There's also quite a bit of stock footage used to try and re-create some moments of the 1926 World Series, which was against the New York Yankees and their Murderers Row. This was Reagan's final film at Warner after fifteen-years worth of service and they certainly let him go out on a high note. I thought Reagan was very believable in the role and manages to look quite natural as a pitcher and he also managed to be very believable in the part of the farm boy. The early scenes with him struggling with his disease were extremely well-done and this ranks as one of the actors better performances. Day is also in top-form even though I think we could have used a little less of her character. Frank Lovejoy gets a good bit as Rogers Hornsby and we get some real-life players including Jerry Priddy, Bob Lemon, Peanuts Lowery and Irving Noren. Frank Ferguson, who most will remember from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, plays Day's father here. Again, if you're wanting to truth on Alexander then it's best you go read a book but if you're just looking for some quick entertainment then this film does the job.

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