A Winner Never Quits
|A Winner Never Quits|
|Distributed by||Columbia Tri-Star Television
Sony Pictures Television
|Directed by||Mel Damski|
|Produced by||Daniel H. Blatt
|Written by||Burt Prelutsky|
|Music by||Dana Kaproff|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Editing by||Michael A. Stevenson|
|Running time||96 min.|
A Winner Never Quits is a 1986 TV movie based on the true story of baseball player Pete Gray, the first one-armed man ever to play major league baseball, hired in 1943 as a "freak attraction" and wartime morale-booster by the Memphis Chicks, Class-A minor league ball club.
Though a success, Gray maintains a tough, defensive veneer, which is softened only by the love of his life Annie and the adulation of baseball fan Nelson Gary Jr., who has also lost an arm (and who would, in real life, become a top minor-league ballplayer himself). With the war depleting big-league baseball's manpower in 1945, Pete Gray finally achieves his goal of entering the Majors when he is hired by the St. Louis Browns.
Raised in the Northeastern Pennsylvania mining town of Nanticoke, Pete Gray loses his right arm while still a young boy. But through the encouragement of his immigrant parents, Antoinette and Peter Wyshner, Sr., and the constant coaching of his older brother Whitey, Gray never gives up on his dream of playing professional baseball. Driven by anger, he finally makes it to the big leagues. But it isn't until he agrees to meet handicapped youngster Nelson Gary, Jr., who idolizes him, that Gray finally comes to terms with several life realizations.
|Keith Carradine||Pete (Wyshner) Gray|
|Dennis Weaver||Mr. Wyshner|
|Huckleberry Fox||Nelson Gary, Jr.|
|Fionnula Flanagan||Mrs. Wyshner|
|Ed O'Neill||Whitey Wyshner|
|Charles Hallahan||Nelson Gary Sr.|
|Mary Jo Deschanel||Mrs. Gary|
|Steve Rees||Young Pete Gray|
|Andrew Lubeskie||Young Whitey|