The Winning Team

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In one of his finest screen performances, future United States President Ronald Reagan stars alongside Doris Day in this moving true biography of baseball great and Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, who fights his way back from a blinding... read more
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In one of his finest screen performances, future United States President Ronald Reagan stars alongside Doris Day in this moving true biography of baseball great and Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, who fights his way back from a blinding injury.  While playing in the minor leagues, Alexander is hit in the head by a batted ball, resulting in the dizziness and double vision that would plague him for the rest of his career. After amassing an impressive winning record with the Philadelphia Phillies, he is traded to the Cubs before fighting in World War I, where his double vision recurs.  Upon returning to baseball, Alexander ignores his doctor's advice and risks seizures to continue playing. But he soon suffers from more dizzy spells and turns to alcohol, descending into a career quagmire. With the help and support of his wife, Aimee (Day), and his pal and fellow Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (Frank Lovejoy), Alexander stages a spectacular comeback, leading his team to victory in the World Series.

Original Release

06/20/1952

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Cast

Doris Day Aimee Alexander
Frank Lovejoy Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller Margaret Killefer
James Millican Bill Killefer
Ronald Reagan Grover Cleveland Alexander
Russ Tamblyn Willie Alexander (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Gordon Jones George Glasheen
Hugh Sanders Joe McCarthy
Frank Ferguson Sam Arrants
Walter Baldwin Pa Alexander
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Lewis Seiler

Writers

Ted Sherdeman, Seeleg Lester, Merwin Gerard

Cast

Doris Day Aimee Alexander
Frank Lovejoy Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller Margaret Killefer
James Millican Bill Killefer
Ronald Reagan Grover Cleveland Alexander
Russ Tamblyn Willie Alexander (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Gordon Jones George Glasheen
Hugh Sanders Joe McCarthy
Frank Ferguson Sam Arrants
Walter Baldwin Pa Alexander
Dorothy Adams Ma Alexander
Bob Lemon Jesse 'Pop' Haines
Jerry Priddy Jerry Priddy
Peanuts Lowery 'Peanuts' Lowery (as Peanuts Lowrey)
George Metkovich George Metkovich
Irving Noren Irving Noren (as Irving Noren)
Hank Sauer Hank Sauer
Al Zarilla Al Zarilla
Gene Mauch Gene Mauch
Harry Lauter Eddie Collins (replaced by Lee Roberts) (scenes deleted)

Producers

Bryan Foy Producer

Editors

Alan Crosland Jr.

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