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The Winning Team (1952)





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Ronald Reagan delivers one of his best screen performances as baseball great Grover Cleveland Alexander in The Winning Team. The title refers to the mutually supportive relationship between Alexander and his loving wife Aimee (top-billed Doris Day); with this in mind, is it any surprise that the real Aimee Alexander served as the film's technical advisor. While the basic milestones of Alexander's career are adhered to, the film is a typical Hollywood blend of fact and fancy-plenty of fancy. While playing in the minors, Alexander is is hit on the heat by a batted ball, resulting in the dizziness and double vision that would ever after plague him. After toting up a record of 28 wins with the Philadelphia Phillies, Alex is traded to the Cubs, but World War 1 intervenes. On the battlefield, Alex suffers a recurrence of his double vision; and when he plays his first postwar game with the Cubs, he collapses on the field. Warned that his seizures will persist if he doesn't retire, Alex swears the doctor to secrecy. When the dizzy spells continue, Alex turns to drink. Branded an "alky", he descends to the depths of a House of David-style team, thence to the humiliation of carnival side shows. With the help and support of both Aimee and his old pal Rogers Hornsby (Frank Lovejoy), Alex stages a spectacular comeback, striking out Yankee Tony Lazzeri during the 1926 World Series and leading his team to victory. The script rearranges the chronology of Alexander's life, suggests incorrectly that the Lazzeri strikeout was the last play in the deciding Series game, and-most amusingly-depicts the unloveable Rogers Hornsby as a 100 % sweetheart. Otherwise, The Winning Team provides an excellent showcase for Ronald Reagan-though in later years he expressed some reservations about the script, noting that, by adhering to Warner Bros' insistence that the word "epilepsy" never be spoken, the picture confused audiences as to the true nature of Alexander's affliction.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Merwin Gerard, Ted Sherdeman, Seeleg Lester
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
Warner Home Video


Ronald Reagan
as Grover Cleveland Ale...
Doris Day
as Aimee Alexander
Frank Lovejoy
as Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller
as Margaret
James Millican
as Bill Killefer
Russ Tamblyn
as Willie Alexander
Gordon Jones
as Glasheen
Hugh Sanders
as Joe McCarthy
Frank Ferguson
as Sam Arrants
Walter S. Baldwin
as Pa Alexander
Dorothy Adams
as Ma Alexander
Pat Flaherty
as Bill Klem
Tom Greenway
as Foreman
Arthur Page
as Preacher
Larry J. Blake
as Detective
Frank Marlowe
as Taxi Driver
Bob Lemon
as Ball Player
Jerry Priddy
as Ball Player
George Metkovich
as Ball Player
Hank Sauer
as Ball Player
"Peanuts" Lowrey
as Ball Player
Irving Noren
as Ball Player
Al Zarilla
as Ball Player
Gene Mauch
as Ball Player
John Hedloe
as Reporter
Henry Blair
as Bat Boy
Gordon Clark
as Pianist
John Kennedy
as Announcer
Alan Foster
as Customer
Alex Sharp
as 1st Baseman
Russ Clark
as Umpire
Larry Blake
as Detective
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

To be sure, this is a somewhat different version of the story of Alex the Great from the one that was solemnly published in his obituaries two years ago.

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Its accuracy is in doubt, but it's a competently made straightforward standard biopic on Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander.

Full Review… | January 13, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Winning Team

This is a good baseball movie with good actors and it's even based on a true story which makes it more interesting.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Standard biopic with Reagan adequate in the lead and Doris pert if a bit overly gushy as the wife. The background info is full of the usual fictions but at least they stick to the baseball facts pretty well.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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