|A Winner Never Quits|
|Written by||Burt Prelutsky|
|Directed by||Mel Damski|
|Theme music composer||Dana Kaproff|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Daniel H. Blatt|
Pixie Lamppu (associate producer)
Frank Pace (associate producer)
|Production locations||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
Long Beach, California
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Editor||Michael A. Stevenson|
|Running time||96 min.|
|Production companies||Columbia Pictures Television|
Sony Pictures Television
|Picture format||Color (Metrocolor)|
|Original release||April 14, 1986|
A Winner Never Quits is a 1986 television film based on the true story of baseball player Pete Gray, the first one-armed man ever to play major league baseball, hired in 1943 as a "freak attraction" and wartime morale-booster by the Memphis Chicks, Class-A minor league ball club.
Though a success, Gray maintains a tough, defensive veneer, which is softened only by the love of his life Annie and the adulation of baseball fan Nelson Gary Jr., who has also lost an arm (and who would, in real life, become a top minor-league ballplayer himself). With the war depleting big-league baseball's manpower in 1945, Pete Gray finally achieves his goal of entering the Majors when he is hired by the St. Louis Browns.
Raised in the Northeastern Pennsylvania mining town of Nanticoke, Pete Gray loses his right arm while still a young boy. But through the encouragement of his immigrant parents, Antoinette and Peter Wyshner, Sr., and the constant coaching of his older brother Whitey, Gray never gives up on his dream of playing professional baseball. Driven by anger, he finally makes it to the big leagues. But it isn't until he agrees to meet handicapped youngster Nelson Gary, Jr., who idolizes him, that Gray finally comes to terms with several life realizations.
|Keith Carradine||Pete (Wyshner) Gray|
|Dennis Weaver||Peter Wyshner|
|Huckleberry Fox||Nelson Gary, Jr.|
|Fionnula Flanagan||Antoinette Wyshner|
|Ed O'Neill||Whitey Wyshner|
|Charles Hallahan||Nelson Gary Sr.|
|Mary Jo Deschanel||Mrs. Gary|
|Steve Rees||Young Pete Gray|
|Andrew Lubeskie||Young Whitey|
A Winner Never Quits was released on VHS on August 18, 1993, by Columbia Tri-Star.