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The Winning Team (1952)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 8 May 1953 (Australia)
Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

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Lewis Seiler

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Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Seeleg Lester (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Aimee Alexander
Ronald Reagan ... Grover Cleveland Alexander
Frank Lovejoy ... Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller ... Margaret Killefer
James Millican ... Bill Killefer
Russ Tamblyn ... Willie Alexander (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Gordon Jones ... George Glasheen
Hugh Sanders ... Joe McCarthy
Frank Ferguson ... Sam Arrants
Dorothy Adams ... Ma Alexander
Bob Lemon Bob Lemon ... Jesse 'Pop' Haines
Jerry Priddy Jerry Priddy ... Jerry Priddy
Peanuts Lowery Peanuts Lowery ... 'Peanuts' Lowery (as Peanuts Lowrey)
George Metkovich George Metkovich ... George Metkovich
Irv Noren Irv Noren ... Irving Noren (as Irving Noren)
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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... Written by Huggo

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To every man who plays for the love of the game....To every woman who has ever played the wonderful game of love.....We promise an experience of heart-warming warmth and excitement. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big League See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

George Glasheen: She'll get over it - Girls are crazy about baseball players...
Grover Cleveland Alexander: Not that girl!
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Soundtracks

Ain't We Got Fun
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the carnival scene
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Old Baseball, love it
10 July 2016 | by egogunnerSee all my reviews

I am 52 and never had seen this gem before until today July 10, 2016. I am not much of a movie critic, just wanted to throw in my 2-cents. The real-life baseball footage from the 1911 to 1927 years really got me, it does not get any better. I truly enjoyed the early 20th century "raw" baseball film footage caught in this film.

The love story is a bit corny, the whole "Aimee gave him his strength", I feel that was Hollywood doing their thing, just as in the end showing Grover striking out the last batter, when in fact, Babe Ruth was thrown out at 2nd trying to steal 2nd base, typical Hollywood in making up what they want.

Overall though, I loved the movie, loved the real 1910-1927's baseball footage! If you are a baseball fanatic, you will love this one, except for the side story with his love life, but I tell ya what, Dorris day played it well, I actually loved her performance.

Sportsman Park, Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, and Forbes Field with the banners and the crowds really won me over in the movie, along with the old-time radio broadcasters. The raw footage is AWESOME!


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