Monday, March 23, 2009

One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1978) TV Movie

TV movie telling the story of Ron LeFlore, a troubled Detroit youth who rose from Michigan prisons to star in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers. The movie was based on LeFlore's autobiography, "Breakout: From Prison to the Big Leagues." It follows LeFlore from his heroin addiction, to his time in Michigan's Jackson State Penitentiary, and tells of his discovery in prison by Billy Martin, who was then the manager of the Detroit Tigers. The role of Ron LeFlore was played by LeVar Burton. Former Detroit manager Billy Martin played himself, and former Tigers' players, Norm Cash, Bill Freehan, Al Kaline, and Jim Northrup also appeared as themselves. The movie first aired on CBS Television on September 26, 1978.

One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1978) TV Movie
Cast: Billy Martin, James Luisi, LeVar Burton, Madge Sinclair, Paul Benjamin

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