Sammi Kane Kraft


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills earned her the role of a Little League pitcher in the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears," has died in a Los Angeles car crash. She was 20.

The Los Angeles Times ( says Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a big rig and was struck by another car at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 10.

Her brother, Frankie Kane, tells the Times that Kane was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The California Highway Patrol says the Audi's driver was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Kraft was 13 when she was discovered on an LA baseball diamond and cast in her only film. She played the role originated by Tatum O'Neal in 1976.

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I just now read this as I'm watching the 2005 film. I'm an original fan of the 1976 movie. I've watched both films many times and was impressed of her skills as a player. As a former college player, and a Fan of the Little League World Series, it is so sad to hear of someone that young losing their life. My sympathies to her brothers and parents.

Loved you in Bad News Bears..R.I.P.

My condolences to her family. I just recently heard of her passing. Every time I watch Bad News Bears now it's always a little sad. She did such an amazing job in this movie. My family loved this movie when it first came out as we are a baseball family. I coached my son when he was young and this movie was one of my favorites. My son plays in college today and my younger daughter plays softball and anytime this movie is on we always watch it. Sammi stole the show and what is even better I...


Condolences to family and friends for someone who died so young. Fond memories of a loved one can be comforting when feeling a loss as sudden as this was. May God comfort you as well. WC Florida

I love you sammi

Rest in peace dear sweet angel. You did an outstanding job in "Bad News Bears." We are baseball people/players ourselves and our kids watched this movie on numerous occasions, they are now 21 and 15, and continue to play baseball and pull out the DVD that we purchased. Prayers to all of her family and those involved, as the heeling process takes time, in some instances.

So sorry to hear this.A talent we never will see blossom.Gog Bless .....

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.