A Home Run for Love (1978)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The year is 1947; the place, Brooklyn. Sammy is a shy 12-year-old white boy who has no father and few friends. Davy is a 60-year-old black cook, far from shy but also suffering from a variety of illnesses. These two very different but surprisingly kindred souls are ultimately bound together by their love of baseball in general -- and their fascination with rookie Brooklyn Dodgers player Jackie Robinson in particular. A sensitive tale of friendship and racial tolerance, A Home Run for Love is based on Barbara Cohen's novel Thank You, Jackie Robinson (which is also the title of the 30-minute VHS version of this ABC Afterschool Special). Watch for an early appearance by a young Felicity Huffman, here billed as Flicka Huffman.