The Comrades of Summer

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The Comrades of Summer
Distributed by Home Box Office
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Produced by Tim Braine
David Pritchard
Written by Robert Rodat
Starring Joe Mantegna
Music by William Olvis
Cinematography David Leiterman
Richard Leiterman
Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin
Country USA
Language English
Release date July 11, 1992
Running time 96 minutes

The Comrades of Summer is a made-for-TV movie from 1992 featuring Joe Mantegna. It was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, written by Robert Rodat and aired on HBO on July 11, 1992.[1]


Major League Baseball manager Sparky Smith is fired from his job with the Seattle Mariners. His attitude has gotten him into trouble with George, the owner of the Mariners, and no other teams seem to want any part of him.

The Olympic Games are coming up, however, and a spirit of glasnost exists in the new Russia, which is trying to field its first Olympic baseball team. Sparky reluctantly accepts an offer to move to Moscow to coach the players, many of whom don't even know the game's fundamentals. The players are predictably inept at first, but Sparky begins to learn the real joy in baseball is in the effort and the camaraderie.

An exhibition game ultimately is arranged in which Sparky and his young, eager Russians get to play against his old team, the Mariners.



Filming took place in Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2]

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