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Top 10 Favorite Baseball Movies

September 22, 2011

With “Moneyball” coming out this Friday, I thought I’d share my top 10 favorite movies set during America’s Greatest Pastime sport, baseball:

10. “Rookie of the Year” – I enjoyed this movie, it will always be one of those guilty pleasure films of the 90’s I’ll never out grow. What really captures me is the story, a kids dream comes true after he breaks his arm and in result is able to throw major league fastballs. He subsequently is drafted to play for his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. Directed by Daniel Stern.

9. “Eight Men Out” – A fantastic ensamble piece about the infamous Black Sox Scandal of the 1919 world series. Charlie Sheen & John Cusack star.

8. “The Bad News Bears” [1976] – This was the movie that many kiddie sport comedies copied. The underdog team full of hooligans become the best, with the help of a drunken ex-ball players played hilariously by Walter Matthau.

7. “The Natural” – Robert Redford commands the screen with this powerful drama about a ball player who comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. Directed by Barry Levinson.

6. “The Pride of the Yankees” – Yankee fans adore this film, non-Yankee fans can still appreciate the man, the myth, the hero of Lou Gehrig (played by Gary Cooper, nominated for an Oscar) who overcame hardship and battled his health problems. I defy any man from not crying during the end speech Gehrig gives.

5. “61*” – Billy Crystal directs this biopic about Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris’ race to beat Babe Ruth’s single season home run record. Thomas Jane plays Mantle and Barry Pepper as Maris.

4. “Field of Dreams” – This is really a fantastic fantasy drama for anyone who loves a good story. It’s a road movie, sports movie, family film, and a fairy tale all rolled into one package. Kevin Costner & James Earl Jones star.

3. “Major League” – A fowl mouthed sport comedy if I ever saw one. Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Corbin Bernson star in this 80’s comedy about a new owner for the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they’ll lose and she can move the team. But, when the plot is uncovered, the team band together and start winning just to spite her.

2. “The Sandlot” – If no one gets the phrase, ‘You’re killing me Smalls!’, then you’ve had a rotten childhood during the 90’s. This was the sports movie for every kid everywhere! It’s one of my all time favorites.

1. “A League of their Own” – ‘There’s no crying in baseball!’ Tom Hanks leads as the coach of one of the first female major league baseball teams during the time of WWII-America. Also starring Gena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. throwbackattack permalink
    September 22, 2011 6:11 am

    Sorry, but any list about baseball movies that doesn’t have Bull Durham in it is just wrong! haha

  2. September 22, 2011 6:12 am

    Good numbah 1 pick!!! THERE’S NO CRYING… THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!!!

  3. September 22, 2011 1:43 pm

    i’ll agree with you there, but the thing is i’ve never seen it. I feel ashamed that i havent. i’ve already added it to my netflix que.

    thanks bro. it’s a classic.

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