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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.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Seeleg Lester (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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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The Big Leagues' Big Love Story See more »


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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

George Glasheen: She'll get over it - Girls are crazy about baseball players...
Grover Cleveland Alexander: Not that girl!
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Featured in Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
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"The Winning Team" 1952 (Doris Day,Ronald Reagan)
4 April 2005 | by bsmmy02See all my reviews

Not a great film, but entertaining for baseball fans. Ronald Reagan plays Grover Cleveland Alexander, one of the greatest pitchers in big league history.

Doris Day, a great actress, is outstanding as Aimee, his wife (this film is worth watching just because Doris is in it).

The real life Alexander served in World War I and also was an alcoholic.

The movie covers the baseball career of the great pitcher (who won 28 games as a rookie, 373 overall). The movies' biggest fault was it ends with Alexander's heroics in the 1926 World Series in St. Louis upset of the powerful Yankees. In 1928,the Yankees slaughtered the same Cardinals team in a four game sweep, with Alexander, still pitching at age 41, getting shelled in two starts.

Actual baseball footage at the end of the film shows the great Babe Ruth inexplicably trying to steal second base, with the Yankees trailing, down to their last out in the series (he was thrown out).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1953 (Australia) See more »

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The Big League See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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