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...
And here comes the pitch, Yes, the pitch, the pitch for the warmest, most wonderful, most human story ever told, the true story of Grover Cleveland Alexander!
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Did You Know?
If the fellow who places the big bet on Alexander's local baseball game seems familiar, you may have been a fan of The Mickey Mouse Club - He's Jimmie Dodd, who later led the Mouseketeers in their daily sing-along of the Mouse Club's theme song ("M-I-C, See you real soon, K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you!"). See more
In the 1926 World Series setting Joe DiMaggio is shown crossing the plate for a score. In 1926 Joltin' Joe was just twelve years old. DiMaggio's MLB debut was ten years later in 1936. See more
Don't you understand, Rog? It isn't enough that I believe in him. Baseball's got to brlieve in him too!
What can I do to help Alex?
Please give him back his life, Rog!
Music by Ray Henderson
Played at the beginning of the Yankee Stadium sequence See more