Finding Buck McHenry
When 11-year-old Jason Ross gets cut from his baseball team, he forms his own expansion team. In searching for a new coach, Jason comes to believe that Mack Henry, the custodian at his school, is really Buck McHenry, the legendary pitcher from the old Negro Baseball Leagues. Although Mr. Henry denies that this is his true identity, Jason and his friends set out to prove their hunch at great personal cost to the elderly custodian. In the process, Jason must decide between proving his point or respecting another person's privacy.
Jason Ross is a precocious 11-year-old whose love for baseball unfortunately exceeds his talent for the game. When he is suddenly cut from his Little League team, his indomitable spirit leads him to try and create an expansion team. In need of a coach, he discovers that the school janitor, Mack Henry, seems to have a wealth of knowledge about baseball, especially about the old Negro Leagues. Finding an ally with Mack's wife, the two convince the reluctant janitor to coach the newly formed team. Jason develops a friendship with Mack's grandson, Aaron. The two set off to recruit for the new Stadium Sluggers. Unfortunately, they have only three team members: Jason, Aaron and the local sportcaster's daughter, Kim Axelrod. When Mack begins to coach this small, rag-tag team, his methods produce immediate results with the not-so-talented Jason.
At his favorite hang-out, The Stadium Sports Card Shop, Jason finds a card featuring an obscure Negro League ballplayer, Buck McHenry, who has amazing statistics. Unfortunately, after a scrape with the law, Buck dropped out of sight and was never heard from again. Jason realizes that the picture on the card resembles Mack and is convinced that the two men are the same person. Jason confronts Mack who laughs at the absurdity of the boy's assumption. Jason is convinced he is right and continues his investigation, ignoring the fact that he is intruding into another man's privacy.
When Kim's father, a sports anchorman for the local news channel, gets wind of the story, he decides to do a feature on Mack and all hell breaks lose. Mrs. Henry tells Jason that his assumptions are completely wrong, and that a story like this could cause problems for her husband. Jason is terrified by what he has set in motion, but with the help of his father, the two fly to Kansas City and visit the Negro Baseball League Museum with the hope that they can find proof that McHenry is dead, thus preventing the story from airing. They meet Ollie Johnston, who was Buck McHenry's closest friend. He describes the terrible incident that led to Buck's disappearance and takes them to a gravesite which is Buck's final resting place. Tom and Jason Ross return home to sqaure accounts with everyone.