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Finding Buck McHenry (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Sport | TV Movie 16 April 2000
When an 11 year old boy (Michael Schiffman) gets cut from his Little League baseball team, he sets out to form his own team. He persuades a school custodian (Ossie Davis) to be the coach. ... See full summary »


Charles Burnett


Alfred Slote (novel), Alfred Slote (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ossie Davis ... Buck McHenry
Ruby Dee ... Mrs. Henry
Ernie Banks Ernie Banks ... Ollie Johnson
Michael Schiffman Michael Schiffman ... Jason Ross
Duane McLaughlin ... Aaron Henry
Megan Bowes Megan Bowes ... Kim Axelrod (as Megan Bower)
Kevin Jubinville ... Chuck Axelrod
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ... Jim Davis
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Mr. Ross
Catherine Blythe Catherine Blythe ... Mrs. Ross
Don Dickinson Don Dickinson ... Coack Barker
Marcello Meleca Marcello Meleca ... Tug
James Millington ... Brad (as Jim Millington)
Anthony Nicholas Antonacci Anthony Nicholas Antonacci ... Joey Kovich (as Anthony Antonacci)
J.J. Gallo J.J. Gallo ... Carl Diaz


When an 11 year old boy (Michael Schiffman) gets cut from his Little League baseball team, he sets out to form his own team. He persuades a school custodian (Ossie Davis) to be the coach. As the new coach starts working with the team, his knowledge leads the boy to suspect that the man is really an ex-Negro League legend who disappeared from sight years ago. The kid sets out to find out the truth about the man's background. Ossie Davis' real-life wife also appears in the film as his wife. Former Chicago Cubs' star, Ernie Banks, also appears as a Negro league star. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Family | Sport


Not Rated



Canada | USA



Release Date:

16 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buck McHenry nyomában See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lin Oliver Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


The name of Buck McHenry is a combined tribute to three Negro League greats: Buck O'Neil (1911-2006; Played for Kansas City Monarchs. After his playing days, he worked as a scout, and became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years he became a popular and renowned speaker and interview subject, helping to renew widespread interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO.), Walter "Buck" Leonard (1907-1997; Homestead Grays first baseman. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.), and Henry McHenry (1910-1981; was a right-handed pitcher and outfielder in Negro league baseball from 1930 to 1951, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs, New York Harlem Stars, Newark Browns, Pennsylvania Red Caps of New York, New York Black Yankees, Philadelphia Stars and Indianapolis Clowns.) See more »

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Very, Very Good Movie
30 June 2010 | by willeagle23See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on the Hallmark Movie Channel and thought it was one of the best baseball movies I have ever seen. The story was very well done and kept me interested throughout. I also liked the idea of the kid liking baseball cards since I enjoy that hobby as well. I even saw some of the ones I have at home. When they talked about the Negro Leagues it was also interesting to hear. I even learned some things from this movie, like where the Negro Leagues Museum is located. Any baseball fan should watch this movie which is great for the whole family. Ossie Davis as Mack Henry and Ruby Dee as his wife do a great job in this movie as well. Cubs fans will also enjoy seeing Ernie Banks in a small role.

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