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The Pinch Hitter (1917)

Shy Joel Parker seems bound for nowhere, until Abbie Nettleton enters his life. With her prodding, Joel goes from timid nobody to a baseball star with bravura.

Writer:

C. Gardner Sullivan (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Ray ... Joel Parker
Sylvia Breamer Sylvia Breamer ... Abbie Nettleton (as Sylvia Bremer)
Joseph J. Dowling ... Obediah Parker
Jerome Storm Jerome Storm ... Jimmie Slater
Darrell Foss Darrell Foss ... Alexis Thompson (as Darrel Foss)
Louis Durham Louis Durham ... Coach Nolan
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Storyline

After been told so often by his father that he will never amount to anything, Joel Parker has no confidence in himself. When he goes to college, he becomes the butt of many jokes, but he has one friend, Abbie Nettleton, a girl who runs a confectionery store. Because he is such a blunderer, Joel is allowed to wear a baseball uniform and sit on the team bench, just for luck. The big game attracts Joel's father, who comes to see his son play ball. All during the game, Joel's presence is a joke until a twist of circumstances gives him an opportunity to go to bat at a crucial moment. A flash of determination and a bit of luck enable Joel to become the hero of the house as he smashes a home run across the backfield fence. His confidence restored, Joel wins Abbie's love and a new perspective on life. Written by Pamela Short

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baseball | campus | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Bubbling over with college spirit, love and baseball

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1917 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Recut and Reissued by United Pictures, 28 March 1920. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Pinch Hitter (1925) See more »

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