Best Baseball Movies on DVD
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I loved baseball ever since I was a kid. There was a field near our house where the neighborhood kids used to get together and play. Our bench was an old log that had fallen down. The bases were anything that was somewhat flat, that we could lay down.
I remember going to the corner store to buy gum, not just for the gum, but for the baseball cards. Do you remember those?
Well the other night, I was watching Moneyball, again, when I got to thinking about all the different baseball movies that I had seen, and I liked every single one of them.
Come on in for a browse, and I'll share with you the ones that have made a home run, in my book.
Brad Pitt stars as Billy Bean in Moneyball.
Bean's team runs on a low budget, and he wasn't having any luck scoring any players to help them with any kind of success. More money was not an option.
He meets the Jonah Hill character, during a meeting, who has been reading up on Moneyball; a method of scoring players based on how many times they get on base, how many times they score a run, etc. Pitt contacts him and hires him to give input on the best players to pick for his team.
Bean cleans house and changes how the game is played.
Old school thinking meets new school thinking in this entertaining movie. I've heard that the facts as they were portrayed in this movie, aren't as accurate as to how it actually happened, but still enjoyed the movie.
Jackie Robinson is Number 42.
Jackie Robinson was the first black man to make it in to the Major League. There was a lot more that he had to deal with than just playing ball. Many fans, and also players were not keen on his being part of the league.
Both of these movies will show some of what it was like for him, both on the field and off. Robinson took the higher road on many occasions, helping to change the views of segregation.
42 is the most recent story, and was shown on the big screen.
The Jackie Robinson Story is an earlier version.
Inspiring - 42
Baseball wasn't just for the men. - Most of the men were sent off to war, who was going to take their place?
Women, of course. Tom Hanks plays the washed up coach, who was also a bit of a lush, who was given one of the teams of women to coach. They pretty much coach themselves, until he finally gets on board with the idea, and cleans up his act a bit too.
This movie is both fun and entertaining.
Some of the other stars are Gena Davis, Rosie O'Donnell, and Madonna.
The women have a League of Their Own - "There's no crying in baseball."
In this funny story, the owner does not want the team to win.
A woman has inherited a baseball team, and she wants to move to Miami. The only option she sees to do this, is for the team to lose. So she makes up a team of misfits and screwballs, in hopes of them losing.
But after awhile, they get a different idea of their own.
This one is full of laughs.
The men seemed out of their league in Major League.
The neighborhood kids make up the team in this movie. - A new kid moves to town with his family, and is taken in by the local baseball team.
The boy is worried about fitting in, however, the one thing that they're all worried about is the four legged monster that keeps their balls. The kids have to figure out a way to retrieve the ball that was signed by Babe Ruth.
This one is a home run for kids of all ages; full of fun and laughter, and a bit of suspense.
These kids play at the Sand Lot
In the comedy, a kid is the new owner of the Minnesota Twins. - His grandfather has died, and has left him, his favorite thing:
His baseball team. Of course the team doesn't want a boy coaching them. The the boy is rather green about coaching a team. But they both learn from each other along the way.
A little guy scores big in Little Big League.
This story is based on the true life of Jim Morris. - He is older when he makes it into the Major League as a relief pitcher.
Morris was in the minor league but hurt his shoulder. He then became coach for a school team. In the course of trying to encourage his students to achieve more, they made a deal. If their team wins the district title, Morris will agree to try out for the Major League.
This movie is inspiring, as it depicts an incredible journey.
The Perfect Game is based on a true story. - A baseball coach's career is cut short and he returns to his native home.
Once home in Mexico, rag tag kids convince him to coach them in playing baseball. He eventually agrees and they beat the odds. They overcome obstacles and bigotry, and go on to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series.
Very inspiring, and entertaining.
I thought that the Perfect Game was perfect!
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