The story is told over a couple of years of a disabled woman living in Baltimore, MD. The story opens in 1954 when the St. Louis Browns relocate to become the Orioles. Mary Dobkin sets up a... See full summary »
The story is told over a couple of years of a disabled woman living in Baltimore, MD. The story opens in 1954 when the St. Louis Browns relocate to become the Orioles. Mary Dobkin sets up a baseball team of street kids to save them from juvenile delinquency. Because the team includes black and white kids she struggles with some of the authorities. After losing part of a foot before the movie takes place, she has half of her other leg amputated and believes she will be unable to coach for the 1955 season. She receives encouragement from a young boy who has his entire arm amputated at the same time in the same hospital. He learns to play, on her team with one arm. In the end, she takes on a girl for the outfield. A field is dedicated to her in Baltimore for the hundreds of children she coached. Written by
This is a very unusual film. It's the dramatization about a real-life woman who created and coached a baseball team in Baltimore in the late 1950s for underprivileged kids. Most kids wanting to play ball could afford nice uniforms and fancy equipment, but this team somehow manages to gain respect due to the strong efforts of this remarkable woman. However, when everything seemed to be working out so well, the sweet lady is diagnosed with cancer (or some other ailment) and must have her leg amputated. Her energy and drive quickly fizzle even though she does survive and overcomes the disease. However, she's depressed and wants to stay shut up in her apartment and forget about the team. See the film. It's predictable, sure,...but it's so well-acted and written that it's really engaging and worth a look.
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