One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story

One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story
Also known as 'Man of Passion'
Based on Breakout: From Prison to the Big Leagues by Ron LeFlore
Written by Stanford Whitmore
Directed by William A. Graham
Starring LeVar Burton
Madge Sinclair
Paul Benjamin
Music by Peter Matz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Tony Converse
Roger Gimbel
Producer(s) William S. Gilmore
Cinematography Jordan Cronenweth
Editor(s) Aaron Stell
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) EMI Films
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release September 26, 1978 (1978-09-26)

One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (also known as Man of Passion) is a 1978 American made-for-television biographical sports drama film telling the story of Ron LeFlore, a troubled Detroit youth who rose from Michigan prisons to star in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers. The film was based on LeFlore's autobiography, Breakout: From Prison to the Big Leagues.[1]


The film follows LeFlore from his heroin addiction, to his time in Michigan's Jackson State Penitentiary, and tells of his discovery in prison by Billy Martin, who was then the manager of the Detroit Tigers. The role of Ron LeFlore was played by LeVar Burton. Larry B. Scott portrayed Ron LeFlore's younger brother.[2]

Former Detroit manager Billy Martin played himself, and former Tiger players Norm Cash, Bill Freehan, Al Kaline, and Jim Northrup also appeared as themselves.

The movie first aired on CBS on September 26, 1978 and was released theatrically in Europe.



  1. Jim Hawkins (September 7, 1978). "Grand slam! LeFlore movie draws raves". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 9D via
  2. "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story". Retrieved March 23, 2016.
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