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Ahmad Abdul Rahim

Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Are we supposed to believe that the only black kid on this California baseball team was not any good? His signature scene in the original film was when he hid himself up a tree, after failing to be a decent player like his brothers, or his idol, Hank Aaron. Still, Ahmad Abdul-Rahim gave the team a quiet cool that they may not have had otherwise, and not just because he was the “token” black kid.

Amanda Whurlitzer

Amanda Whurlitzer
Already an Oscar winner by the time the Bad News Bears came out, Tatum O’Neal embarked on her second most famous role as the Starting Pitcher of the “Bad News” Bears. As Amanda Whurlitzer, her story was not just what she accomplished on the diamond, but her struggle to come to terms with her femininity, feelings of family and just being a pre-teen in general. Had she not joined the Bears (Kelly Leak aside), the Bears would have remained in last place which should give this entry a shot for the Hall; considering the iconic stature of the original film.


Carmen Ronzonni

Carmen Ronzonni
While his brother’s penis was becoming the gateway for Hollywood starlets, Jimmy Baio was given maybe one line a week on “Soap” and dazzled us with “air” impressions of Luis Tiant in the first Bad News Bears’ sequel. Actually, he was there to replace Tatum O’Neal who declined to appear in the film, and give a New York attitude to appeal to…those who loved impressions of Luis Tiant. Actually, he couldn’t pitch until Coach Leak basically taught him to simply just throw the ball. Damn, Kelly’s dad made everything look so easy.


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