Another Sport Show Hits Right On The Button
The Winning Team (1952) Shows Ballplaying's Hard Knocks
Sufferin' cats! Baseball players had to go through hell to qualify for movie bio treatment, most I've seen being slow drip of hardship and misfortune visited on swell guys that never have it coming. Case in point (of many): Ronald Reagan's Grover Cleveland Alexander, who's badly ball-beaned before he even gets in the pros, then has dizzy spells while WWI trench-fighting. Turns out the latter was epilepsy, but not called that for purpose of the pic, so we never know just why "Alex The Great" weaves at times, unless it's hangover from the beaning, or drink he takes up to compensate. Reagan is earnest and does breakdown forcefully, sort of 50's revisit to "Where's the rest of me?." Tough breaks evidently came to G.C. Alexander in waves --- is he generally known among baseballers as hardest luck guy? I've been twitchy watching BB sagas since Fear Strikes Out on NBC as a boy --- Tony Perkins' crack-up there settled me never to risk ball or batting. Now after Winning Team, Stratton Story, and the rest, I'm ready to swear off these supposed luckiest men on the face of the earth (to quote saddest-of-the-lot Coop/Gehrig).
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