Fear Strikes Out
Fear Strikes Out is a 1957 American biographical sports drama film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's 1955 memoir Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story, co-written with Al Hirshberg. The film stars Anthony Perkins as Piersall and Karl Malden as his father, and it was the first directed by Robert Mulligan.
Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all biography, the film traces Piersall's rise from the sandlots of Waterbury, Connecticut, to the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team. Karl Malden plays his domineering father who pushes him further and further.
|author||Raphael Blau Ted Berkman|
|keywords||baseball team boston red sox connecticut domineering father mental institution nervous breakdown psychotherapy red sox sandlot sandlot ball therapy|
|nomination||Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film|
|producer||Alan J. Pakula|
|theme||biographical biographical drama sports|