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?
According to TMC, Ronald Reagan had lobbied hard to play the title role in The Stratton Story (1949) but Warner Bothers didn't want to take a chance on a baseball film and passed on the project. After "The Stratton Story" became a huge hit the studio picked up the Grover Cleveland Alexander story about another player who made a comeback after being forced from professional baseball. See more
THE WINNING TEAM shows one of the most common of anachronisms: the leading lady wears her hair in the fashion of when the movie was made, instead of according to the fashions of the period of the story. Through the entire film Aimee wears her hair in the short fashion of the 1950s, even though Alexander died in 1950. See more
How does it feel to be livin' off the fleas?
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Well, it's better than havin' 'em live offa me.
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
Music by Felix Powell
Played during the military parade See more