TV Show/Movie Appeared:
The Bad News Bears (1976)
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)
The Bad News Bears go to Japan (1978)
Jackie Earle Haley
The “Bad News” Bears
Why you should vote::
He was the star and best player on the Bears, a staple of Baseball cinema.
Why you should not vote::
Couldn’t he have picked a better looking Japanese girl in the third installment?
Looking back, we wish they never made the third installment in the Bad News Bears series where they went to Japan. It is not because we don’t enjoy the film (we find them all enjoyable), but Jackie Earle Haley who played the star Centre Fielder appeared to have stunted growth after the first film, and his teammates all seemed to tower over him. To hammer that point, a year later he was Moocher, the diminutive member of the “Cutters” in the cycling movie, Breaking Away and in what was his final major film for twenty years, played a weasel like little douche trying to lose his virginity (along with a pre-Risky Business Tom Cruise) in Mexico in the aptly titled “Losin’ It”. Again, think how short Haley must be to look like a shrimp next to Cruise!
Anyway, despite or love of Rorschach in the Watchmen, for us Haley will always be Kelly Leak, the star for the Bad News Bears who carried that team to respectability. He was not just the star; but the team’s bad ass and leader (as shown in the second installment when he drove the team to Texas to play in the Astrodome). With that said, how did he wind up appearing in multiple places in the batting order in that game against Texas? Maybe it was the same way they were billed as the California champs when they lost to the Yankees at the end of the first game. Regardless of those plot holes, you only believed that the Bears had a chance because Kelly Leak was in the lineup.