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The Saint of Second Chances

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Baseball family dynasty docu hits home run; language.

Movie NR 2023 94 minutes
The Saint of Second Chances movie poster: Collage of scenes from the documentary, which include white baseballs, a white pig standing on a white base of a green baseball field, and Mike Veeck, the son of Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, faces the camera with his visually-impaired daughter Rebecca as she embraces him around the neck

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Viewers will be sure to root for this well-crafted sports cinema tale about redemption and the importance of family. The Saint of Second Chances offers an insightful look at Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, and his son Mike, who helps his dad bring fun to the game and pull in profits. Mike invents gimmicky acts to attract visitors to the stadium, such as belly dancers, the creation of ballpark luxury suites, and an exploding scoreboard with light, and declares it all as "street theater wrapped around a ballgame." He also initially struggles to be a good son in the shadow of a famous parent.

Mike's missteps may have earned him a reputation as a one-hit wonder, but he's determined it won't be the only aspect of his legacy. During his second marriage, Mike, who also becomes a baseball owner, has a visually impaired daughter named Rebecca and dearly loves her. "When I was eight and a half, I went to Comiskey Park and I was holding hands with my father, and somebody told me that my dad ran the Chicago White Sox," recalls Mike. "And I thought that was so cool that he had this playground where guys played baseball. But mostly now what I remember is holding his hand."

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