Baseball at the Movies

What could be better than watching baseball in person, sitting in the standings, eating a hotdog, and drinking a cold one?

Well, maybe watching one of the great baseball movies that have been made through the years is better simply because you get to enjoy the drama of the game over and over again, whether you win, lose, or get rained out.

Who could ever forget this scene from "A League of Their Own" - the historical film about the women's baseball league that carried American fans through World War II when all the men were off fighting in Europe and the South Pacific? The only game available was filled with girls - and all that comes along with girls.

A League of Their Own

Some don't even have to make it to The Show, the major leagues, to make their mark on the world of movies. The minor leagues were immortalized in "Bull Durham" - the story of a bonus-baby rookie and a veteran of a dozen years, both trying to make their dreams come true in the bus league.

Bull Durham

Is professional baseball all about the money? "Jerry Maguire" might yell "Show me the money!" but in "MoneyBall" it's all about winning all the way to the last game of the year. Otherwise, as Billy Beane so eloquently phrases it, "Nobody gives a shit."

Moneyball

Even those lucky few who not only make it to The Show, but enjoy long, illustrious careers, have to one day face the inevitable fact that it's over. Their day in the sun has come to an end. It's no easier at the age of 40 than it is at 18. "For Love of the Game" showed us how to go out in style.

For Love of the Game

There is also a lesson to be learned by the number of baseball movies that poignantly show us there is also courage in the struggle, no matter what the final outcome. "Major League" showed us both sides of the coin once again: the rookie with the bright future and the old-timer trying to hang on to just one more season.

Major League

"What might have been" is the most haunting question in any life. Many films have dealt with those dreams that "brush past you like a stranger in a crowd."

"Field of Dreams" and "The Natural" deal with the issue of whether you are good enough to make your dream come true or whether you are lucky enough.

Field of Dreams

Then there was the day in the annals of baseball when some of the best athletes who ever played the game did the unthinkable: chose to lose. Why would anyone ever stoop so low when entrusted with the great American past time? "Eight Men Out" will try to make you believe it could only happen decades ago when the country was in the throes of a great depression, and unscrupulous men ruled the game. If only that were so, Joe.

Eight Men Out

For all my efforts I couldn't find a clip of any of my favorite scenes from "The Rookie". The one I really wanted was (Dennis Quaid) the coach's try out with the major league scouts when he was also changing diapers because he had his kids right there with him. The only clip I did find was this one when the challenge is made by his high school players for him to take a dose of his own medicine and not give up on his dream - all these years later. Hubbers should remember this challenge as well - every day.


The Rookie

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

How many football movies can you name? How about basketball? Soccer? Water Polo? Have I made my point?

There is hardly a point of view about the experience of playing the American Past time that has not been memorialized on the big screen. From the mid February reporting dates for spring training all the way through the fall play-offs to Halloween's final series, baseball is with us on a daily basis. And if that doesn't satisfy your craving for the baseball fix, buy yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and thanks to modern technology, settle in with one of your favorite movies whenever baseball fever strikes you.

What is your favorite Baseball movie?

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

It will always be The Natural. Completely hoakie and unrealistic and I love it every time I see it. :)


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Jeff Gamble 3 years ago from Denton, Texas

Absolutely, The Natural is my favorite. Of course, being a Red Sox fan, 2nd on my list is Fever Pitch (lousy movie, but the Sox win in the end...)


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

OK, Jeff, now I have to go looking for Fever Pitch! Billybuc, The Natural was just so beautifully lit and shot - and then there was the story and the amazing cast. Thanks, guys!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

My favorite, Field of dreams. I have watched this movie over and over..Great review. Thank you..


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

always exploring: I remember seeing that movie for the first time in the theater with my husband about a year after he lost his Dad. I didn't think we'd make it out of the building. We were both paralyzed with emotion at the end.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Thank you for a walk down memory lane with your movie picks. Like so many others, my favorite is Shoeless Joe Jackson in "A Field of Dreams." Just yesterday I posted a picture of my favorite Yankee...Roger Maris. His name and face was on the very first T shirt I owned back in 1963.


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Raymond Bureau 3 years ago

I saw most of these movies, and I love "The Sandlot." I really like Billy Crystal's "61" about Maris and Mantle.

Also, in "The Rookie," one thing still bugs me. He threw the pitch that registered 76 on the street radar machine. He then walked away, and THEN the sign fixed itself and changed to 96. If he did not see the sign change and no one else was there, how did anyone know it changed?


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Raymond: Willing suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy movies and TV!! I'll have to netflix The Sandlot and 61. I haven't seen the new movie about Jackie Robinson. Maybe this weekend. Have you seen it yet?


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome game, baseball is one of my best sports.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

DDE: Seriously? You play baseball in Croatia? Wow - learn something new everyday. Thanks HB for bringing so many interesting people into my life from around the world!


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CMerritt 2 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

You got me to look at more of your hubs....I love both the Natural and Field of Dreams.....I went with The Natural by a thread. I love the costume and the set.

I have seen all of the movies you wrote about. I love sports movies.

fun hub


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Made ya look? I've written a couple about baseball, like any good armchair coach! When I was a newspaper columnist baseball was the only topic I wrote about more than once. Glad you participated in the poll. Thanks.


mbuggieh 2 years ago

Interesting...thanks!

Anybody else remember "Knot Hole Gang" for school kids?


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Never heard of it, but I'm looking it up right now.


mbuggieh 2 years ago

Our knot hole gang was connected to the Rochester Red Wings.

Here is some information:

http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20081204&...

I see now kids need to register online, etc. When I was a kid---back in the early 1960s, we'd all be given our cards in school.

I was a lucky kid and lived about 1/4 mile from the stadium...:)


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Marcy Goodfleisch 20 months ago from Planet Earth

I've heard of the 'Knot Hole Gang' term - I think it may have had its origins during the Spanky & Our Gang era - kids who couldn't afford tickets would peer through holes in the fence.


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Kathleen Cochran 20 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Marcy: thanks for the info :)

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