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.
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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