I don’t like suddenly not having a lot of good things to write about the Cardinals the last few days, so I decided to make a more light hearted post and I hope everyone participates.
As much as the White Sox announcers annoyed me, they answered a question from a fan that I thought was interesting. It was, "What was the best baseball movie ever made?" Now, not only am I into baseball, I am very into film.
So, I thought I would give my top 5 baseball movies and a little synopsis why. I will spare you my camera-angle, good/bad directing, film perspective thoughts though. And, I hope you will tell me which are your top five favorite baseball movies. (And, feel free to say why you disagree with my choices.)
What are your all-time favorite baseball movies?
My picks are:
5. Field of Dreams – This one can be a little corny at times, but overall, it’s a fun movie and certainly a classic. I don’t think you can have a top baseball movie list without at least mentioning this one.
"Is this heaven?" "No, it’s Iowa."
4. The Sandlot – A great movie about what it means to be a kid: all play and no responsibilities. In their world, the only thing is baseball and each other.
"I don’t know. Some lady gave it to him. She even signed her name on it… Ruth. Baby Ruth."
3. *61 – A great movie about the race of ’61 for 61 homers between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. And, what it was like for Maris to feel the fans fury for chasing the beloved record set by Babe Ruth. It’s especially interesting to watch this movie now and the decision of his record having an * by it because of the length of the season. It was a different time than current discussions of having an * put by your name because you break the law and use drugs.
"That’s just great. One guy’s got me all washed up, the other’s got me beatin’ Ruth’s record. You guys should get together an’ make up your minds, tell me how I am so I know how to play."
2. A League of Their Own – I saw this movie as a kid in the theater for the first time. And I decided that I, too, was going to be a baseball player. 🙂 I got over that one, but still a good movie and a lot of fun to watch. Our softball team watched it probably over 1500 times.
"It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great."
1. For Love of the Game – This one had a sense of realism in it that most baseball movies don’t because they’re comedies. You believe Costner as a pitcher on his last legs, trying to give it his all in one last game. And, because it feels real, you honestly don’t know if he’ll succeed in his perfect game attempt or if it will get spoiled in the late innings. It also goes through all nine innings, intermixing the game and his life. Great movie and my number 1 pick.
"After 19 years in the big leagues, 40 year old Billy Chapel has trudged to the mound for over 4000 innings. But tonight, he’s pitching against time, he’s pitching against the future, against age, against ending. Tonight, he will make the fateful walk to the loneliest spot in the world, the pitching mound at Yankee Stadium, to push the sun back into the sky and give us one more day of summer."
Worst baseball movie? Fever Pitch. I’m sure you don’t have to ask why.
Other movies you might want to consider for your own list, in no particular order: Bull Durham, The Natural, 8 Men Out, Little Big League, Rookie of the Year, Pride of the Yankees, Bad News Bears (original or remake), Major League 1, 2 or 3, Angels in the Outfield, The Sandlot, Bang the Drum Slowly (original or remake), The Rookie, The Scout
I don’t expect anyone to give a thorough account of their favorites. I would just like to see everyone’s top 5 list, so I hope you will participate. It will be better if you can leave your picks in the comments, so everyone can see. But, if you really don’t want to set up an account, you can email them to me.
Love watching baseball movies,