May 25, 1987 12:00 PM

HBO (Sat., May 23, 8 p.m. ET)

B

It takes a little while, but eventually the sweaty, smelly, sorrowful jocks in this ’50s baseball flick do become kinda likable. William J. (To Live and Die in L.A.) Petersen manages a very minor-league team that keeps losing until he hires rookie Dermot (Daddy) Mulroney and Larry (A Soldier’s Story) Riley as “the great colored hope,” a black man playing the odds by playing baseball in Ku Klux Klan land. The guys act like immature, selfish louts until, inspired by Virgina Madsen as Miss Strawberry Blossom 1957, they wise up and grow up.

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