This is a terrific film for the entire family to enjoy together and the setting is the past, when the game of baseball was still young and the uniforms were hot and made of heavy material. Will Wright comes from the town side of the tracks and is called a town boy but makes friends with several of the players from the other side of town where most people make their living at the mill. The exception is Pike, who doesn’t like anyone from town. Will’s father tells him they shouldn’t mix with those from the other side of town, and the social classes are set deep in some men’s thinking.
Will has a desire to be a ballplayer and goes against his father’s wishes when he leaves home to play ball. His father and mother worry he will be tempted by alcohol and during this time of prohibition this is something which was not tolerated in the least by many families. The movie does carry some comic relief, as in one scene one character tells a friend that a croquet ball is used to throw at…crows!
Will joins the Newton Sluggers and meets a girl named Ginnie who is a dedicated Christian and sees the potential in Will to be a good man. But Will fights a few battles and winds up breaking the promise he made to his mother. When Will’s friend Chick, who is Pike’s brother, makes a commitment to Christ, Will is under the gun to either mean business or to run in the other direction.
When a near-tragic event occurs, Will realizes the time has come to choose his fate and which spiritual side he will stand on. This is a story of hope and forgiveness, redemption and love. It is nicely told and overall a wholesome film which families can enjoy together. It focuses on Christ’s help for believers to truly live spiritual lives. One of the lines from the movie is that “There are no stains on the pages on tomorrow”; in other words, every day begins with a fresh start. We are proud to award this movie our Dove Seal for all ages. In addition we award the film five Doves, our highest rating.