The Pinch Hitter (1917)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |  
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In this light comedy, Charles Ray does a typical turn as a country bumpkin who makes good. Ray plays Joel Parker, who is sent to college by his crabby farmer father (Joseph J. Dowling) only because it was his mother's dying wish that he get an education. At college, he's immediately pegged as a chump and is constantly victimized by the other students, headed by Jimmie Slater (Jerome Storm). Only Abbie Nettleton (Sylvia Bremer), who works at the campus bakery, has any sympathy for him. Joel does become mascot of the baseball team, but only because Coach Nolan (Louis Durham) believes that such a nincompoop will bring the team luck. The ending is easily guessed -- that's right, Joel winds up being thrown into the big game at the last minute, hits a homer, and wins both the game and the girl. Ray's charisma, however, made such predictability easy to swallow.

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baseball, coach, college, country-boy, employment, father, generosity, luck, mascot, mother, promise, respect, school, shop, student, winner