In 1911, Grover Cleveland Alexander - Alex to his friends - is a Nebraska country hayseed who says he wants to settle down, marry his girlfriend Aimee Arrants and be a farmer to offer Aimee a secure and stable life. However he always seems to drop everything whenever the opportunity to play baseball, specifically as a pitcher, arises. This focus on baseball does not sit well with either Aimee or her father, who see it as Alex solely wanting to have fun while shirking responsibility. When Alex is asked to pitch in a game against a visiting professional team, he seizes the chance and throws a three hitter en route to winning the game. That leads to a stint on that pro team, the money from which he promises to use to buy Aimee her farm. When an eye injury seems to end his career even before it begins, he changes his focus to being a farmer to please his now wife Aimee Alexander, but thoughts of baseball that can never be in his life still torture him. When his injury does eventually heal...
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Alexander served in the Field Artillery in World War I, as depicted in the film. During the war he was exposed to mustard gas and suffered from a near hit from a German artillery shell explosion, which is believed to have triggered his epilepsy. Today he would be considered a victim of post traumatic stress syndrome, which was a cause of his alcoholism and post war baseball problems. This was unknown at the time of the making of the movie in 1952. See more
During game 7 of the 1926 World Series, Alexander strikes out number 15 to win the game. After the strikeout, the frustrated batter who throws his bat to the ground is wearing number 6. See more
She'll get over it - Girls are crazy about baseball players...
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Not that girl!
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
Music by Felix Powell
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