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The Winning Season (2004)

A young lad dreams of playing with the great Honus Wagner in his 1909 World Series duel with hall-of-famer Ty Cobb.


John Kent Harrison


Dan Gutman (book), Steve Bloom (teleplay)

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Matthew Modine ... Honus Wagner
Kristin Davis ... Mandy
Shawn Hatosy ... Joe Soshack
William Lee Scott ... Ty Cobb
Samantha Weinstein ... Reeny Soshack
Matt Aquin Matt Aquin ... Owen Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... Flo
Chad Bruce ... Photographer
Jackie Burroughs ... Mrs. Young
Rebecca Gibson ... Flora
Michal Grajewski Michal Grajewski ... Viv
Kjartan Hewitt ... Program Boy (as Kerr Hewitt)
Ryan Hollyman ... Babe Adams
Robert Huculak Robert Huculak ... Stranger
Matt Kippen Matt Kippen ... Tiger Player #2


A young lad dreams of playing with the great Honus Wagner in his 1909 World Series duel with hall-of-famer Ty Cobb.

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Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some violence | See all certifications »





English | German

Release Date:

4 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honus and Me See more »

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Did You Know?


Joe's original line about Ty Cobb in 1985 "By the way, in 1985, it's widely known that you were a homosexual." had to be changed because everyone kept laughing too loud. See more »


When Honus couldn't sleep before the deciding Game 7, Joe turned on the light. There everyone can watch the lamp... that obviously isn't from 1909. See more »


Honus Wagner: There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer.
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A boy gets to live his baseball fantasy
16 March 2014 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

There are all sorts of problems with this movie, which I will leave for others to point out.

At its best, this movie tells a wonderful story, that of a little boy who loves baseball but isn't very good at it. He is granted an astounding opportunity, that he doesn't even ask for: he gets to play baseball with one of the early greats, Honus Wagner, against one of the early Satans - and greats - Ty Cobb. It is every little boy's fantasy, and he gets to live it.

The rest of the movie is sentimental, like a Hallmark Hall of Fame special. That's all very nice, of course.

But the little boy's fantasy, which will be understood by any man who has not grown so old as to have forgotten what it was like to be a little boy, is golden.

I have no idea if this movie has anything to say to women. Perhaps not. I've never been a woman, so I can't say.

But if you were ever a little boy and loved baseball, no matter how bad you were at it, this movie has a lot to say to you.

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