Hey, if a cat ("Rhubarb") can become a legend in baseball, why not a little boy? Of course, he's just the front for his down and out former baseball player father, now a peanut salesman. When the lad (Billy Chapin) becomes a bat-boy, he uses advice given to him by his father to help player Lloyd Bridges improve his game. This helps the loosing (and fictional) Bisons to a winning streak, pleasing owner Ray Collins and giving mean-spirited manager Richard Egan an ego boost until the truth comes out. With that, little Chapin becomes the team's new manager and brings them tons of free publicity, but of course, that can only take them so far.
Yes it is all absurd, but hey, what's a little absurdity between shortstops? In addition to leads Dailey, Chapin, Egan, Bridges and Collins, there's also the sultry Anne Bancroft as Bridges' girlfriend who is also by chance Collins' secretary. Misused during her early Hollywood years as a generic heroine, her talents showing so much more. She could have been a great brunette version of Marilyn Monroe with her Ava Gardner like femme fatal looks and that delightful husky voice. Egan, later a romantic hero in films like "A Summer Place" and "Pollyanna", plays a really cruel character who goes out of his way to hurt Chapin for humiliating him, even trying to damage his father in his eyes.
The heroic character that Bridges plays is a nice contrast to some of the villains he had been portraying. "General Hospital" fans will recognize John Beradino (a former baseball player himself) as one of the teammates, cast among other players in small roles. This is a nice little fantasy that can be seen as a dream for any young baseball fan just home from a late night double-header who is too excited to dream about anything else.