The movie is about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton (Jimmy Stewart), who in the 1930s, compiled a 37-19 won-loss record in three seasons. After he became the winningest right-hander in the American League, his major league career ended prematurely when a hunting accident in 1938 forced doctors to amputate his right leg. With a wooden leg and his wife Ethel's (June Allyson) help, Stratton made a successful minor league comeback in 1946, continuing to pitch in minor leagues throughout the rest of the 1940s and into the 1950s.Written by
Producers originally considered Donna Reed for the role of Ethel Stratton, but replaced her with June Allyson after signing James Stewart, since Stewart's and Reed's previous co-starring venture, It's a Wonderful Life (1946), had been a disappointment at the box office. This was, of course, before television had made the Capra film a holiday favorite. See more »
Stratton broke into the majors in 1934. But the movie depicts the White Sox wearing their 1936 home uniforms. See more »
I saw this movie many years ago with my father on television. He told me about his experience with Monty Stratton.
My father wanted to be a big league pitcher. He tried his luck with the White Sox in the late l930's. He only got as far as spring training before being sent down to the minors leagues. He liked to say that in the minors he made as much money as a soda jerk, but girls at parties were a lot more impressed with someone who played baseball than with some who made root beer floats.
As a rookie in spring training, My dad was too shy to walk with the veteran ball players to the field. He always walked a distance behind them.
One day, Monty Stratton turned back to him and said that if he wanted to be a big league ball player he had to walk with them.
My dad got to know Mr. Stratton very well that Spring. Years later, after WWII and marriage, my dad met Monty again at a ballgame. They talked and Mr. Stratton told him that Hollywood was going to make a movie about him.
My dad said they couldn't have picked a better man to make a film about.
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