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Heart of a Champion - July 23, 1955 

Sam leaps into a wrestler who must convince his partner-brother to quit due to a heart problem.

Director:

Joe Napolitano

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Tommy Thompson

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett
Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci
Jerry Bossard Jerry Bossard ... Ronny Sammis
Terry Funk ... Carl Shilo
Deborah Wakeham ... Sherry Shilo
Angela Paton ... Lottie Sammis
Rance Howard ... Doc Graves
Susan Isaacs ... Myra Sammis
Tim DeZarn ... Stan (as Tim deZarn)
Don Dolan Don Dolan ... Referee
Don Hood ... Lamar the Promoter
Jeff Hochendoner ... Terry Sammis
Jay S. York Jay S. York ... Executioner
John Kidwell John Kidwell ... Hank Sammis
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Storyline

It's 1955 and the middle of the cold war when Sam leaps into the body of Terry Sammis, a professional wrestler who, along with his brother Ronnie, form a tag team. They're from Arkansas but their ring persona is that of Soviets and they taunt the crowd with their pro-Russian rants. Al tells Sam that Terry is new to the wrestling game having just replaced an older brother who died in a car crash. He also tells him Ronnie will die in the big title match they have scheduled for the next day. Sam tries to convince Ronnie to pass upon the big match but wrestling is in their blood and Ronnie has no intention of giving up their big chance. There's only one thing Sam can do: fight the entire match by himself and make sure Ronnie never enters the ring. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the original history, Ronny Sammis died of a heart attack on July 24, 1955. See more »

Quotes

Lamar the Promoter: You can't win.
Ronny Sammis: Can't win? What are you talking about? This is a title match!
Lamar the Promoter: Well, you bet it's a title match. And you boys are "the Russians". Now, how the hell is it going to look to the American public to have a couple of communists be the world champion?
Ronny Sammis: But we're not from Russia, we're from Arkansas!
Lamar the Promoter: I know that. You know that. But John Q. Public don't know that. To him, you represent the epitome of evil - something to be destroyed!
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Connections

Featured in Eastern Championship Wrestling: Episode #1.1 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey, Good Lookin'
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter and Hank Williams
Performed by Hank Williams
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