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The Winning Season
Written byDan Gutman
Directed byJohn Kent Harrison
StarringMatthew Modine
Kristin Davis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerLesley Oswald
Original networkTNT
Original release
  • April 4, 2004 (2004-04-04)

The Winning Season is a 2004 television film with elements of a fantasy drama. It chronicles a young boy's dream in 1985 with playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates' great Honus Wagner.[1] The film follows the dream to the point where the boy is assisting Wagner in his 1909 World Series duel with fellow hall-of-famer Ty Cobb. It is adapted from the 1997 children's novel Honus & Me by Dan Gutman. The film premiered on TNT on April 4, 2004.


The film was made by TNT and first broadcast on April 4, 2004. Modine prepared for his role as Wagner by playing with a minor-league team, the IronBirds in Aberdeen, Maryland, owned by Cal Ripken, Jr.[2]

Critical reaction

Variety condemned the film as "schlocky" and sentimental. Their critic found Modine's performance started to wear and Davis brought "little conviction", but director John Kent Harrison was praised for the performance he got out of Rendall.[3]



  1. ^ Margo Nash with Robert Strauss (April 4, 2004). "An Early Great". New York Times.
  2. ^ Leopold, Todd (April 5, 2004). "Taking on 'The Flying Dutchman'". CNN. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (April 1, 2004). "The Winning Season (Review)". Variety.