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Soul of the Game

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Director  Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Initial DVD release  January 23, 2001
Country  United States
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History, Sport
Language  English
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Release date  April 20, 1996 (1996-04-20)
Writer  Gary Hoffman (story), David Himmelstein (teleplay)
Genres  Drama, Sports, Historical fiction
Cast  Delroy Lindo (Satchel Paige), Mykelti Williamson (Josh Gibson), Blair Underwood (Jackie Robinson), Edward Herrmann (Branch Rickey), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Lahoma), R. Lee Ermey (Wilkie)
Similar movies  Southpaw, Foxcatcher, The Wolf of Wall Street, Ronaldo, Million Dollar Arm, Unbroken

Soul of the game

Soul of the Game (also known as Field of Honour) is a 1996 made-for-television movie about Negro league baseball.


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The film starred Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson, Delroy Lindo as Satchel Paige, Mykelti Williamson as Josh Gibson, and Harvey Williams as "Cat" Mays, the father of Willie Mays. The film depicts Paige and Gibson as the pitching and hitting stars, respectively, of the Negro Leagues in the period immediately following World War II. Robinson is an up-and-coming player on Paige's team, the Kansas City Monarchs.

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Branch Rickey, played by Edward Herrmann, is the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who is determined to integrate Major League Baseball. He begins sending his scouts to Negro League games to find the best players. Rickey directs his scouts to look not only at playing ability but also at the players' maturity and capacity to withstand the hostility that is sure to be directed at the first black player in the Major Leagues.

Robinson gradually comes to Rickey's notice both for his skills on the field and his personal background. Although Paige and Gibson are far more prominent, Rickey decides to pass them over, concerned about Paige's age and reports about Gibson's mental stability. Rickey makes history by signing Robinson to the first contract between a black man and a Major League Baseball franchise. This alienates Robinson from his two friends at first, until Paige enlists Robinson's help in getting Gibson temporarily released from a mental hospital so that the three men can all play in the annual exhibition game between the All-Stars of the Major Leagues and the Negro League. The game is rained out, but Paige and Gibson seem reconciled to Robinson's being signed ahead of them.

The movie concludes by showing scenes from Robinson's successful career with the Dodgers, as well as Paige's later signing by the Cleveland Indians. Gibson died from a brain aneurysm at the age of 35 before he could ever play a game in the Major Leagues. All three men are later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


  • Delroy Lindo as Satchel Paige
  • Mykelti Williamson as Josh Gibson
  • Edward Herrmann as Branch Rickey
  • Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson
  • R. Lee Ermey as Wilkie
  • Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Lahoma (credited as Salli Richardson)
  • Gina Ravera as Grace
  • Obba Babatund√© as Cum Posey
  • Cylk Cozart as Zo Perry
  • J.D. Hall as Gus Greenlee
  • Jerry Hardin as Happy Chandler
  • Brent Jennings as Frank Duncan
  • Richard Riehle as Pete Harmon
  • Armand Asselin as Rip
  • Joey Banks as Link Rudolph
  • Supporting

  • Paul Bates as Orderly #1
  • Bruce Beatty as Reporter
  • Guy Boyd as Clark Griffith
  • Stacye P. Branche as Ella Fitzgerald
  • Gregg Burge as Bill Robinson
  • Ed Cambridge as Bellhop
  • Mimi Cozzens as Jane Rickey
  • Daniel Estrin as Paperboy
  • Zaid Farid as Clerk
  • Edith Fields as Nurse
  • Erika Flores as Girl
  • Holiday Freeman as Lillian the Secretary
  • Jesse D. Goins as John Givens Reporter
  • Tracy Holliway as Marian Anderson
  • David Johnson as Roy Campanella
  • Johnny G. Jones as Hotel Manager
  • Jonathon Lamer as Cardinal
  • Joseph Latimore as Jesse Williams
  • William Bruce Lukens as Umpire #3
  • Bob Minor as Goon #2
  • Edwin 'EdVanz'd' Morrow as Young Willie Mays (credited as Edwin Morrow)
  • Jon Pennell as Steve Buckley
  • Alex Rascovar as Boy
  • Lou Richards as Baseball Announcer
  • Terrence Riggins as Orderly #2
  • Joe Rodriguez as Dodger
  • Al Rossi as Mayor LaGuardia
  • Kevin Sifuentes as Waiter
  • Tim Snay as Umpire #1
  • Charles C. Stevenson as Supervisor
  • Darnell Suttles as Goon #1
  • Arthur Tipp as Umpire (Home Plate)
  • Isaiah Washington as Adult Willie Mays
  • Harvey Williams as Cat Mays
  • Oscar Williams as Grays Manager
  • Cameo appearance

  • Sean Blakemore as Grace's husband
  • Jeff Coopwood as Stadium Announcer
  • Jimmy Ortega as El Gigante (Cuban baseball player)
  • Reception

    Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 67% rating based on 6 reviews. Audiences gave the film a 67% rating based on 114 reviews.


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