PG | | Comedy, Sport
Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.
Debut theatrical feature film of Director John Badham.
Bingo Long (P):
Come on, Murch, let's hit one!
Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF): Don't worry, it's going all the way to baseball heaven.
In the 9th inning of the game to decide the fate of the All-Stars, Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) hits a 3-run homer to win the game 3-2. Unfortunately, he stepped out of the batter's box and over the top of home plate to hit the ball because the other team was trying to intentionally walk him. Rule 6.06(a) states that a batter is out if he hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter's box. Leon should be out and the score should revert to 2-0.
The movie begins with an older version of the Universal Studios logo, as part of the opening news reel.