Fear Strikes Out

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fear Strikes Out
Directed by Robert Mulligan
Produced by Alan J. Pakula
Screenplay by Ted Berkman
Raphael Blau
Based on Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story 
by Jimmy Piersall and Al Hirshberg
Starring Anthony Perkins
Karl Malden
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Haskell B. Boggs
Edited by Aaron Stell
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 20, 1957 (1957-03-20)
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English

Fear Strikes Out is a 1957 dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's biography Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story, written by Al Hirshberg. The film stars Anthony Perkins as Piersall and Karl Malden as his father, and it was the first directed by Robert Mulligan.

This film is a Paramount Picture and was preceded by a 1956 TV version starring Tab Hunter.[1]


Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all biography, the film traces Piersall's rise from the sandlots of Waterbury, Connecticut, to the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team. Karl Malden plays his domineering father who pushes him further and further.

Unable to withstand the pressure, Piersall suffers a nervous breakdown and goes to a mental institution. After a long period of therapy, Jimmy realizes that he has excelled in baseball to please his father — not for his own gratification.[1]




Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote:


External links[edit]