Ex-minor league baseball player Morris Buttermaker (Walther Matthau) was asked to coach a little league ball club. What he didn't know was that the boys really were bad. They couldn't catch, throw or hit. Now here's the problem Buttermaker is a drunken lazy pool cleaner. He barely could play in the minors and asking him to coach a team any team is like sending the lambs to the slaughter. Oh did I mention that they had to pay him to do it.
Roy Turner (Vic Morrow), another coach in the league and the president really just wants Buttermaker to fall flat on his face. He doesn't want Buttermaker to even win a game. They just needed another team to make up the league.
Now Buttermaker starts to have some practices with the team and he thinks hey I know of a pitcher who could do the job but she's a girl. At first he had to find out if she could even play in the league but in California back then anybody could play. Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal) is her name and she is the daughter of a former girlfriend of Buttermaker's.
Amanda is not interested at first but then she comes around and shows up at a practice. At first the rest of the team gives her crap until she pitches and they realize that they have a good pitcher. Now all they need is a hitter.
Kelly Leak (Jackie Earl Haley) is a punk. He rides his dirt bike all over the fields while teams are practicing. One day a ball goes out by where he was standing and he picked it up and threw it all the way to the catcher. Buttermaker has an idea lets see if we can get the punk.
Kelly comes out for the team and there you have 'The Bad News Bears'. Do they even win a game. Well that is up to you to see the movie to find out. Look this is a great movie for the whole family. Director Michael Ritchie does a wonderful job with this cast and comes up with a funny and lovable movie. So pick it up at your favorite place and go home and watch it with the family. Baseball is coming to an end for the season, and all you have is playoffs and the world series. So if you want to watch good ole baseball watch this movie.