The Winning Season (2004 film)

This article is about the 2004 television film. For the 2009 theatrical film, see The Winning Season.
The Winning Season
Written by Dan Gutman
Directed by John Kent Harrison
Starring Matthew Modine
Kristin Davis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lesley Oswald
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 children's novel Honus & Me by Dan Gutman.


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 praised director John Kent Harrison 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 11 February 2013.
  3. Gallo, Phil (Apr 1, 2004). "The Winning Season (Review)". Variety.
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