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  • Actors: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller, James Millican
  • Directors: Lewis Seiler
  • Writers: Merwin Gerard, Seeleg Lester, Ted Sherdeman
  • Producers: Bryan Foy
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302344891
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bio-pic of baseball legend Grover Cleveland Alexander, who became a star despite an early career handicap.

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In The Winning Team Reagan plays famed baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, whose struggles with illness and alcoholism form the spine of the tepid plot. Doris Day, now top-billed, co-stars as Alexander's supportive wife. The movie pays proper tribute to a legendary baseball moment: Alexander's heroic performance in the 1926 World Series. It's another win for the Gipper. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

A classic wholesome movie everyone really enjoyed.
Rhonda Lackey
This is certainly one of my favorite baseball movies, along with Pride of the Yankees, The Natural, Field of Dreams and a few others.
Robert T. Lukomski
Both Doris Day and Ronald Reagan are very young here!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brogan on April 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When "The Winning Team" hit theatres in 1952, moviegoers gave it an enthusiastic welcome. Doris Day, billed first, was the top moneymaking star at Warner Brothers and Ronald Reagan was nearing the end of his contract run at that studio.
The pair had briefly dated some years before, and they clearly evidence an on-screen chemistry which propels this tale of the late, great pitcher, Grover Cleveland Alexander, to a near homer.
While it may play lose with some of the facts surrounding "Alex the Great's" life, toning down his drinking problems and virtually ignoring his epilepsy, the resultant film is a well crafted, lovingly enacted story that will please a variety of audiences including those who enjoy baseball tales and those who prefer some homespun Hollywood biography.
This smartly directed story pretty much limits its scope to the years during which Alex and his wife Aimee were courting and married. The popular standard, "I'll String Along with You" is utilized as part of the film's score during many scenes involving the pair. Although not actually written at the time the story takes place it is nevertheless poignant and sweet.
Ronald Reagan clearly worked hard at his role in this film. He delivers one of his most convincing performances and capably displays the many layers behind the great pitcher with heartfelt feeling and emotion. As noted earlier, his chemistry with Doris Day is never forced or artificial but seems to be completely real in every way.
Few actresses could play wife and/or mother with the conviction of Doris Day. In the 40's, 50's, 60's, or 70's, she consistently and with subtlety played such roles in a real and completely believable fashion. She never resorts to sacchrrine sweetness or cloying mannerisms.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on August 28, 2006
Format: DVD
The subject of "The Winning Team" is Grover "Old Pete" Alexander, the winningest pitcher in National League history despite having to battle various setbacks most notably alcoholism. As a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies I thought the film gave his tenure here short shrift so here goes: Alexander won 30 games three years in a row(1915-1917), in 1916 he pitched 16 shutouts, in 1915 he won the first game of the World Series a feat not repeated by a Phillies pitcher until 1980(the championship year. Yay!). I digress, however. As a baseball film it's superb. The film has the facts right and the game footage, whether re-enactments or archival film, add to the authenticity of the production. The film slightly falters in the more melodramatic moments but do not embellish far from the truth. Alexander did suffer head injuries in World War I and did resort to alcoholism to combat the pain. He also denigrated himself by appearing at flea circuses when it appeared that his major league career was over. Ronald Reagan makes a genial Alexander and handles the film's melodramatic fluorishes superbly. Doris Day adds fresh faced All-American girl wholesomeness as Alexander's supportive wife Aimee. The film utilizes major league players in supporting roles including Gene Mauch, manager of the 1964 Phillies who blew a 6 1/2 game lead with 12 games to go(boo!). As a footnote, Alexander attended the 1950 World Series between the Phillies and the Yankees. He was living in relative obscurity in a flophouse and died shortly after the Series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Schuda on September 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one great movie. Have you ever tried to explain to somebody who doesn't understand how great baseball is? Show them this movie. Ronald Reagan is Grover Cleveland Alexander!Compared to all of the great baseball movies there are out there, this one is still one of the greatest!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Classic Debut on August 2, 2008
Format: DVD
The Winning Team is about real life Baseball great, Grover Cleveland Alexander. Ronald Reagan puts in one of his best performances. Even though Warner Bros didn't allow the word "epilepsy" to be used in the film (which is what happened to the real Alexander after being beamed in the head with a ball),RR does some very realistic seizures. The Winning Team refers to the mutually supportive relationship between Alexander and his loving wife Aimee (Doris Day). (The real Aimee Alexander served as the film's technical adviser). This isn't one of the meatiest roles for Doris, but she does have some dramatic scenes and gets to sing a Christmas song. The script rearranges the chronology of Alexander's life,and suggests incorrectly that he struck out Babe Ruth in the last game when in fact, Babe was thrown out for stealing 2nd base.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
Format: DVD
The Winning Team is a biography about pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (Ronald Reagan), a baseball player afflicted by an early injury. He was considered to be one of the greatest pitchers of all time, but a long absence from the sport was blamed on his addiction to drink, when really he had fainting spells and double vision. His triumphant return won the Cardinals the World Series during the Depression.

The happy ending is not entirely factual, but in the 50s, audiences wanted sugar-coated movies. And that is what they got. The formula causes The Winning Team to be a bit predictable, but enjoyable. This is one of Doris Day's early films, but it is really Reagan's film. He plays the part with realism, toggling between the exuberance of winning and the depths of alcoholism.
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