The Kid From Left Field

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Sports

This cute baseball story features Dan Dailey as Larry "Pop" Cooper, an ex-big leaguer reduced to hawking peanuts in the stands while his nine-year-old son, Christy (Billy Chapin), acts as the team's bat boy. With the club mired in a slump, Pop gives Christy some tips to pass on to the manager (Lloyd Bridges), and, when the team starts winning, Whacker (Ray...read more

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This cute baseball story features Dan Dailey as Larry "Pop" Cooper, an ex-big leaguer reduced to hawking peanuts in the stands while his nine-year-old son, Christy (Billy Chapin), acts as the team's bat boy. With the club mired in a slump, Pop gives Christy some tips to pass on to the

manager (Lloyd Bridges), and, when the team starts winning, Whacker (Ray Collins), the owner, promotes the kid to the manager's position, not knowing Pop is really behind the resurgence. Although its premise is a little hard to swallow, warm, believable performances make THE KID FROM LEFT FIELD

pleasant fare indeed. The story was remade in 1979 as a far less charming television movie with Gary Coleman. Note Fess Parker in a small role, one year before he donned a coonskin cap and made it big as Walt Disney's Davy Crockett.

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  • Review: This cute baseball story features Dan Dailey as Larry "Pop" Cooper, an ex-big leaguer reduced to hawking peanuts in the stands while his nine-year-old son, Christy (Billy Chapin), acts as the team's bat boy. With the club mired in a slump, Pop gives Christ… (more)

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