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A Winner Never Quits (1986)

Fact-based story of a young boy who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, but went on to fulfill his dreams of playing major-league baseball. Pete Gray had to overcome the early ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Gray
Mr. Wyshner
Nelson Gary Jr.
Jack Kehoe ...
Mrs. Wyshner
Whitey Wyshner
Nelson Gary Sr.
Mrs. Gary
Jim Morgan ...
David Haid ...
Brad Sullivan ...


Fact-based story of a young boy who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, but went on to fulfill his dreams of playing major-league baseball. Pete Gray had to overcome the early taunts of his childhood playmates. With the support of his Pennsylvania coal mining father and his brother, who dreams of being a boxer, he learns to battle for what he wants. Finally in 1943, he is hired to play for a minor league team - the Memphis Chicks in the Class A Southern Association. Initially considered a freak and a box office attraction, he survives the taunts of his teammates and bats .333 his rookie year, steals 63 bases and led the league' outfielders in fielding percentage. Ultimately he won the league's MVP award. In 1945, the St. Louis Browns brought him into the major leagues. A parallel story is also told about the ball player's friendship with a young boy who had also lost his arm and dreamed of one day playing baseball. In fact the idea for the movie came from co-producer James ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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14 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Many of the game scenes were shot at Engel Stadium (home of the Chattanooga Lookouts) in Chattanooga, TN. See more »

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Good family fare
3 January 2000 | by (Macon) – See all my reviews

This movies is based on a true story. Pete Gray, son of a poor immigrant coal miner in Pennsylvania, loses an arm during childhood. He learns to overcome his disability and to play baseball with just one arm. When he grows up, he pursues the dream of playing in the majors during the '40s.

It's an inspiring story. For instance, to field a ball, Gray would catch it in his glove (which was smaller than the standard), toss the ball back up in the air long enough to allow him to toss off the glove, then catch the ball in the bare hand and throw it again. It's incredible to think about someone being able to do that well enough to play with the pros, but he did.

I think any child or person that might be worrying about whether their personal limitations might keep them from trying to fulfill a dream should watch this movie.

Carradine is very convincing as Gray; I suppose there might be moments when you could catch a glimpse of his "extra" arm stuffed in his shirt, but I don't remember any.

"Married with Children" fans can have fun with the scenes with Ed O'Neill as Carradine's older brother.

FYI: I worked as an extra on this movie in some scenes filmed near Chattanooga, Tenn. (in nearby Marion County). It is amazing what the crew did with what they had to work with.

You won't be disappointed if you can find this on video or catch a broadcast. It's not one of those all-time great movies, but it's several notches above standard TV movie fare.

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