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The Winning Team (1952) Poster

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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.
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Not only does much of the stock footage (as well as regular footage) show players wearing numbers on their uniforms long before this was the case, a number of the crowd shots were actually shot in the late 1940s or early '50s, as indicated by the clothing and hairstyles.
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An establishing shot of New York City, supposedly in the mid-1920s, clearly shows the Empire State Building---which wasn't built until 1930-1931.
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1916 is shown as the year of Alexander leading the Phillies to the pennant, when the correct year was 1915.
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Continuity 

The film shows shows the first batter in Game 1 of the 1926 World Series striking out on three pitches-- the first two as a left-handed batter and the third as a right-handed batter.
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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.
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Factual errors 

"Graham "McNamee" announces Game 1 of the 1926 World Series as the first transcontinental radio broadcast. Actually, the first coast to coast broadcast was the 1927 Rose Bowl.
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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.
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In Game 7 of the film, the Yankee batter, probably Bob Meusal strikes out for the last out. In the real game, Babe Ruth committed the last out by being caught trying to steal second base. It is the only time a World Series ended by a runner being caught stealing.
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Grover is seen marrying Amy before starting his major league career. In reality, the two got married in 1918, after he had made it to the majors and before he entered the service.
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