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The Busher

The Busher(1919)

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Ben Harding, a crack pitcher for the Brownsville baseball team, challenges the champion Minneapolis Pink Sox to a game when their train stalls in his town and wins their respect when he continually strikes out their sluggers. Ben joins the team, promising his sweetheart Mazie Palmer that he will return with a fortune, but his early success changes him into a conceited snob. He snubs the hometown folk, including Mazie, when they come to see him play. His pitching suffers and soon he is sent "back to the bushes," disgraced and penniless, having spent everything on a city woman. Back in Brownsville, Ben vows never to play ball again, but discovering that Mazie's brother has bet their house on the championship game, now certain to be lost, Ben dons his uniform, wins the game, the respect of the town, the love of Mazie and a new contract from a Pink Sox representative who had been waiting for Ben to lose his conceit.