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The Veterans

Ronald

Played by the legendary Buster Keaton, we meet Ronald, a nerdish academic in love with a woman who shockingly only loves jocks. Ronald enrolls at College and tries his hand at sports with comical results and though he is pathetic at everything he tries, he gets the girl out of pure persistence. This may not be a great sports film, but it does showcase Buster Keaton in some great physical comedy. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: College (1927) Actor: Buster Keaton Role Portrayed: Wannabe jock Why You Should Vote For Him: When you talk about legends, it doesn’t get much…
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Steve Morgan

How many times do you watch a boxing film and think that there is no way that this guy could play a boxer? At least with the “The Prizefighter and the Lady” you never thought that as the main fight at the end featured future Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer going up against the then champion, Primo Carnera. This film was Baer’s film debut (he would star in twenty films) and he played Steve Morgan, a bouncer turned boxer, once a former manager known as “The Professor” (played by Walter Huston) sees his skills with his fists. Morgan is an overnight…
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The Old Man

Far from your traditional sports tale, we felt compelled to include the Old Man (Spencer Tracy) from the adaptation of the Ernest Hemmingway classic, “The Old Man and the Sea”. The film, which is basically just Tracy for most of it, sees his struggle to capture an enormous marlin, and like most sporting struggles (and we will consider fishing a sport for our purposes) this takes on a far deeper meaning. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: The Old Man and the Sea (1958) Actor: Spencer Tracy Role Portrayed: Cuban Fisherman Why You Should Vote For Him: The combination of Spencer…
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The President

In what could be considered one of the first black comedy sports films, W.C. Fields stars as The President of the fictional country of Klopstokia, a country that is broke but apparently has a plethora of natural athletes including the President himself. The President puts together a team of athletes and through a turn of events, success will equal financial reward for his country. Incidentally, the President competes and wins the weightlifting event with a 1,000 pound lift. Who knew Klopstokians had it in them? The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: Million Dollar Legs (1932) Actor: W.C. Fields Role Portrayed: President…
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Tommy "Killer" McCoy

We know that at one point Mickey Rooney was one of the biggest stars (not literally) and a fairly decent actor, but as a champion in Boxing? It may have been a hit at the time but buying Rooney as a boxer is laughable; or really in any role that requires the slight bit of toughness.
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Tommy Marlowe

From the ass end of the Rat Pack, we have Peter Lawford as Tommy Marlowe, a star College Football who is struggling with grades, which may prevent him from playing in the big game. As much as it is a “stretch” to imagine a college football star struggling in academics, we are treated to this as a musical, though we do easily believe that Lawford was a hit with the ladies. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: Good News (1947) Actor: Peter Lawford Role Portrayed: Tait College Football Player Why You Should Vote For Him: Frank Sinatra shrapnel? Why You Should…
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Tommy Mutch

Ah, Boxing and the mob went so well together in old time boxing movies doesn’t it? In “There Ain’t No Justice” we meet Tommy Mutch, a mechanic turned boxer who is seduced in the world of pugilism and wins a series of fights, though unbeknownst to him was rigged as part of a gambling syndicate. It is a dark tale, but well written and respected in its time. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: There Ain’t No Justice (1939) Actor: Jimmy Hanley Role Portrayed: Boxer Why You Should Vote For Him: It was a clever take on the boxing/mafia motif. Why…
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Toro Moreno

Loosely based on Italian Super Heavyweight Boxer, Primo Carnera, Toro Moreno is a lumbering Argentine who is on the rise on the Heavyweight scene. Broke Sportswriter Eddie Willis (Humphrey Bogart in his last movie role) is commissioned to write about Moreno, who he takes a liking to. Unbeknownst to Moreno, the fights are all fixed to build him up as a credible challenger only so that his crooked promoter, Nick Benko (Rod Steiger) can make serious coin on the deal betting against his charge, who is soundly thrashed in the Championship fight. Realistically, the story is more of Willis, and…
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Truck Cross

The legendary James Stewart was a college football star in the dramatic “Navy Blue and Gold” where he played for the Midshipmen. It was a little (maybe a lot) cheesy how Cross overcame obstacles just at the right time to compete and win the “big game” against Army, but that was early Hollywood! The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: Navy Blue and Gold (1937) Actor: James Stewart Role Portrayed: Navy Football Player Why You Should Vote For Him: This is Jimmy Stewart, a certifiable legend in the golden years of Hollywood! Why You Should Not Vote For Him: Does that really…
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Velvet Brown

The movie that first made Elizabeth Taylor a household name saw her as Velvet Brown the winner of a gelding who she intends to race on the National Steeplechase. With the help of a former jockey (Mickey Rooney) and through shear perseverance winds up racing the horse herself and winning the Steeplechase. We can’t say that Horse Racing films are our favorite in the sports genre we do think that this was a great family movie with a good message. This could be a solid sleeper candidate for the Veteran’s Category. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: National Velvet (1944) Actor:…
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Vernon K. Simpson/King Kelly

When a baseball crashes through College Professor, Vernon K. Simpson window it destroys his lab equipment mixing his chemicals he discovers “methylethylpropylbutyl” a substance that repels wood. With this knowledge (basically creating the first pseudo-performance enhancing drug, or the super spitball) he becomes a Pitcher for St. Louis under the moniker of “King Kelly”. It is a cute film, but why must there always be cheating in Baseball? The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: It Happens Every Spring (1949) Actor: Ray Milland Role Portrayed: St. Louis Pitcher (Browns or Cardinals? We’re not sure.) Why You Should Vote For Him: It was…
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Walter "Kid Galahad" Gulick

Ugh. A remake in name only from the brilliant 1937 film of the same movie, we see Elvis Presley don the boxing gloves (and of course sing for no reason) in Kid Galahad, where he is a mechanic turned boxer. Well, if you want to vote for the King, this is it, but we can say there are more (though not many) unrealistic looking boxers than Presley. The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: Kid Gallahad (1961) Actor: Elvis Presley Role Portrayed: Boxer Why You Should Vote For Him: Watch the original and than make a case if you can. Why You…
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Ward "Kid Galahad" Guisenberry

In what we feel was one of the better boxing pictures in the “Golden Era”, Kid Gallahad gives us the story of Ward Guisenberry, a farm boy turned boxer with so much power he instantly becomes a top contender. That is the simple synopsis as Ward was discovered by Nick Donati (Edward G. Robinson) a boxing promoter who got screwed over by one of his boxers who took a 25,000 bribe from Turkey Morgan, a mobster (Humphrey Bogart). Following a drinking binge, Donati and his girlfriend Fluff (Bette Davis) discover a bellhop who rushed to Fluff’s defense when accosted. Sensing…
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