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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Before making this film together, Doris Day and Ronald Reagan had dated in real life. When he hesitated about asking for her hand in marriage, Day instead accepted a proposal from her manager at the time, Martin Melcher, to whom she remained married until his death in 1968. See more
Grover Cleveland Alexander retired from baseball in 1930, yet we see him with a number on the back of his jersey, a practice that did not begin until the following year, 1931. Because he never wore a number on his uniform, there was no number for teams to "retire" for this great player. Therefore the Philadelphia Phillies retired the block letter style "P" from their 1915 uniforms to honor Alexander. See more
She'll get over it - Girls are crazy about baseball players...
Grover Cleveland Alexander
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