The Winning Team

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Sports

After portraying the immortal George Gipp in KNUTE ROCKNE--ALL AMERICAN, Ronald Reagan took on the role of another sporting great in this well-made but sanitized screen biography of legendary pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander. The film follows Alexander from his early days as a telephone lineman and barnstorming pro through his major-league pitching success...read more

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After portraying the immortal George Gipp in KNUTE ROCKNE--ALL AMERICAN, Ronald Reagan took on the role of another sporting great in this well-made but sanitized screen biography of legendary pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander. The film follows Alexander from his early days as a telephone

lineman and barnstorming pro through his major-league pitching success with the Phillies and Cubs, and on to his strong-willed comeback after succumbing to the bottle. Plagued by double vision and dizzy spells--the result of a head injury that temporarily ended his career even before he reached

the majors--Alexander begins drinking when his curse returns, driving away his loving wife, Aimee (Doris Day). Leaving the game again, Alexander hits bottom, supporting himself by working for a two-bit circus. When Aimee persuades St. Louis Cardinal manager Rogers Hornsby (Frank Lovejoy) to give

Alexander another shot, the great pitcher rises to the challenge, leading the Cards to a victory in the 1926 World Series.

Reportedly, this was one of Reagan's favorite roles, and he gives a credible if not particularly imaginative performance, portraying Alexander as a remarkable talent beset by all-too-human problems. To prepare for his role, Reagan trained with Arnold "Jigger" Statz, a contemporary of Alexander's,

and Jerry Priddy, second baseman for the Detroit Tigers, spending two hours a day for three weeks working on his pitching.

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