It's hard to understand why this good-natured look at the old Negro Leagues didn't do better at the box office. The script is a fine mix of humor, pathos, and honest drama; the direction is brisk; and the photography and production design are first-rate.
Tired of being abused by the owners of all-black teams, Williams organizes an independent team and is joined by other black stars. Their former employers conspire to put the renegades out of business, but they barnstorm around the country, successfully playing amateur white teams. In the climactic
final game, the new squad is pitted against some all-stars from the black league. If Williams' team wins, it gets a ...