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A Winner Never Quits (1986)

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TV Movie | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Fact-based story of a young boy who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, but went on to fulfill his dreams of playing major-league baseball. Pete Gray had to overcome the early taunts of his childhood playmates. With the support of ...See moreFact-based story of a young boy who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, but went on to fulfill his dreams of playing major-league baseball. Pete Gray had to overcome the early taunts of his childhood playmates. With the support of his Pennsylvania coal mining father and his brother, who dreams of being a boxer, he learns to battle for what he wants. Finally in 1943, he is hired to play for a minor league team - the Memphis Chicks in the Class A Southern Association. Initially considered a freak and a box office attraction, he survives the taunts of his teammates and bats .333 his rookie year, steals 63 bases and led the league' outfielders in fielding percentage. Ultimately he won the league's MVP award. In 1945, the St. Louis Browns brought him into the major leagues. A parallel story is also told about the ball player's friendship with a young boy who had also lost his arm and dreamed of one day playing baseball. In fact the idea for the movie came from co-producer James Keach whose brother had gone to school with the younger boy and became aware of the events involving the ball player and boy. Written by John Sacksteder See less
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Apr 14, 1986 (United States)

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37 cast members
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Keith Carradine
Pete Gray Pete Gray   See fewer
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Dennis Weaver
Mr. Wyshner Mr. Wyshner   See fewer
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Huckleberry Fox
Nelson Gary Jr. Nelson Gary Jr.   See fewer
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Jack Kehoe
Bloom Bloom   See fewer
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Fionnula Flanagan
Mrs. Wyshner Mrs. Wyshner   See fewer
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Ed O'Neill
Whitey Wyshner Whitey Wyshner   See fewer
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Charles Hallahan
Nelson Gary Sr. Nelson Gary Sr.   See fewer
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Mary Jo Deschanel
Mrs. Gary Mrs. Gary   See fewer
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Jeff McCracken
Sheldrake Sheldrake   See fewer
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Jim Morgan
Hatfield Hatfield   See fewer
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David Haid
Henderson Henderson   See fewer
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Brad Sullivan
Taylor Taylor   See fewer
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Lulu Downs
Josie Josie   See fewer
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Steve Rees
Young Pete Gray Young Pete Gray   See fewer
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Andrew Lubeskie
Young Whitey Young Whitey   See fewer
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Peter Hobbs
McGregor McGregor   See fewer
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J.J. Johnston
Trainer Trainer   See fewer
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Art LaFleur
John Stewart John Stewart   See fewer
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Macon McCalman
Dr. Wilson Dr. Wilson   See fewer
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Jimmy Boyd
Man #2 Man #2   See fewer
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John Hostetter
Sergeant Sergeant   See fewer
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Regi Green
Veteran Veteran   See fewer
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Philip L. Stone
Announcer Announcer   See fewer
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Robert Green Benson III
Child Shortstop (as Robert Benson) Child Shortstop (as Robert Benson)   See fewer
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Patrick Beall
Child Catcher Child Catcher   See fewer
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Bryan Coley
Captain #1 & #2 Captain #1 & #2   See fewer
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Mike Quarry
Kid Falco Kid Falco   See fewer
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Charles Fick
2nd Baseman 2nd Baseman   See fewer
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Walter Robles
Masher Masher   See fewer
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Al Silvani
Referee Referee   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 175 votes