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Take Me Out to the Ball Game(1949)

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In 1906, Eddie O'Brien and Dennis Ryan, star players for the Wolves baseball team, reunite with their teammates in Sarasota, Florida, after completing their off-season jobs as vaudeville entertainers. At the hotel near the training field, Eddie and Dennis lament their lost freedom and long for the days when they could stay up late and date women. The strict training schedule upsets Eddie more than it does Dennis, who has always had difficulty meeting women because of his shyness. The team celebrates the new season with a party, but the celebration is dampened by news that the recently deceased owner of the Wolves has bequeathed the team to a distant relative, K. C. Higgins. When the team is told that K. C. will be participating in the management of the team, Dennis and Eddie lead a rebellion against the change even before the new owner arrives. The team members, who have assumed that K. C. is a man, are astonished when they discover that she is a woman. One day, at a practice session, K. C. steps up to the mound, gives Eddie a batting lesson and proves that she possesses an exceptional knowledge of baseball. K. C. eventually earns the respect of the team, though her formal style is mocked by some of the players. Determined to get K. C. to ease her harsh penalties for breaking training, Eddie sends Dennis to charm her. Eddie takes over when Dennis bungles his mission, but K. C. sees through his ploy. Training season eventually comes to an end, and the first game of the season opens with Dennis, Eddie and their teammate, Nat Goldberg, performing a clown act on the field. During the game, Shirley Delwyn, a fan of the team and an admirer of Dennis, comes to his rescue when he is knocked unconscious in a scuffle with the umpire. Shirley is not aware that her companion, Joe Lorgan, is an underworld figure who is betting heavily on the Wolves. Despite Dennis' lack of interest in Shirley, she continues to aggressively pursue a romance with him and chases him around the stadium to prove her devotion. While the Wolves enjoy a winning streak on the road, Lorgan continues to make a fortune betting on them. Lorgan eventually changes his betting practices when he finds an opportunity to fix the game in his favor. As part of his plan, Lorgan coaxes Eddie into leaving the team to pursue a full-time career as a performer, hoping it will hurt the team. Eddie starts rehearsals right away and continues to play baseball during the day while rehearsing his act at night. His busy schedule begins to take its toll on his game and his team goes into a slump. K. C. soon suspects that Eddie is playing badly because he is in love with her, so she offers her affections to him in an attempt to reverse the team's fortunes. Eddie eventually discovers Lorgan's scheme, but not before K. C. finds out about his moonlighting and suspends him. Desperate to get back on the team, Eddie enlists the help of a group of children to start a protest movement to get him back on the field. The plan works, much to the dismay of Lorgan, who has counted on Eddie's suspension and bet $20,000 against the Wolves in their next outing. Fearing that Eddie might win the game for the Wolves if he is added to the lineup, Lorgan plots a scheme to keep him from playing. Shirley, who finally realizes Lorgan's crooked ways, warns Dennis that Eddie will be in danger if he is placed in the lineup. Dennis deliberately knocks Eddie unconscious with a baseball, hoping that it will prevent him from getting hurt or killed by Lorgan. Eddie is removed to the locker room just as the game begins, and Lorgan sends two of his men, posing as doctors, to guard him. When Shirley tells K. C. about Lorgan, K. C. sends her players to subdue the fake doctors and release Eddie. After Lorgan is exposed and knocked unconscious by K. C., Eddie returns to the field and hits a game winning homerun. All ends happily as Eddie looks forward to a real romance with K. C. and Dennis finally takes notice of Shirley.