Bad News Bears: Cast List Of The Little League Blockbuster

By | April 7, 2021

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Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

The 1976 baseball comedy The Bad News Bears featured Walter Matthau trying to corral a ragtag cast of misfit little-leaguers including Tatum O'Neal and Jackie Earle Haley. This was no sanitized story of clean cut kids pulling together for the big game -- the Bears really were bad news. Some kids clearly didn't want to be on the team, while others were, for youngsters, pretty much undesirable (would you want your child hanging out with adolescent loan shark Kelly Leak?). But with some inspired coaching from the Budweiser-swilling Buttermaker (Matthau) and sponsorship from Chico's Bail Bonds, the Bears managed to get it together just enough to prove that they were more than the sum of their parts. 

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Before Smalls and the gang ran away from a beastly dog in The Sandlot, there was another baseball comedy centered around a group of rambunctious kids. The 1976 classic The Bad News Bears joined together a team of misfit children led by an alcoholic ex-baseball coach. Despite their adversity, The Bears grow together in both their athletic skills and their friendships in the film that symbolized the American dream through baseball culture. The Bad News Bears featured a cast with some actors who would lead long, successful careers and others who all but disappeared once they reached adulthood. Nevertheless, each character of the sports film made a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.