The Winning Team

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The Winning Team
Poster - Winning Team, The 01.jpg
Thaatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis Seiler
Produced by Bryan Foy
Screenplay by Ted Sherdeman
Seeleg Lester
Merwin Gerard
Story by Seeleg Lester
Merwin Gerard
Starring Doris Day
Ronald Reagan
Frank Lovejoy
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Sidney Hickox
Edited by Alan Crosland Jr.
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • June 20, 1952 (1952-06-20)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.7 million

The Winning Team is a 1952 biographical film directed by Lewis Seiler. It is a fictionalized biography of the life of major league pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (1887–1950) starring Ronald Reagan as Alexander, Doris Day as his wife, Aimee, and Frank Lovejoy as baseball star Rogers Hornsby.

It includes his heroic performance in three games in the 1926 World Series against the New York Yankees, where the 7th inning strikeout of Tony Lazzeri is used as the game-ending, Series-winning pitch.

The film earned an estimated $1.7 million at the North American box office in 1952.[1]


Poor health (epilepsy) and alcoholism force pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs Grover Cleveland Alexander (Ronald Reagan), former telephone company lineman, out of baseball, but through his wife's (Doris Day) faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption with the St. Louis Cardinals.



The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

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  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-14. 

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