1976 | 'The Bad News Bears'

The players: Walter Matthau, left, as a cantankerous coach and Tatum O'Neal | How it changed the game: Ex-minor-league player Morris Buttermaker changed the game for a bunch of misfit kids on the worst team in Little League. He makes a series of unorthodox decisions (like recruiting Amanda Whurlizer, a 12-year-old girl, as the team's star pitcher), and leads them to the championships.

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