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  • Honus Wagner Rules
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    For me The Bad News Bears is my all-time favorite baseball movie. Unclenching realism as to how parents can ruin Little League baseball peppered with hilarious comedy. Buttermaker, Kelley Leak, Amanda Whurlitzer, Tanner Boyle, Rudy Stein, etc. And how many baseball movies have had two Oscar winners in the cast?
    Last edited by Honus Wagner Rules; 09-03-2009, 01:13 AM.

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  • Bill Burgess
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    My Favorite Classic Baseball Movies:

    Listed chronologically, not in order of preference.

    1. It Happens Every Spring - 1949 - Ray Milland, professor who discovers wood-repellent substance. Ball jumps around the bat.

    2. The Winning Team - 1952 - Ronald Reagan played Pete Alexander.

    3. Damn Yankees - 1958 - Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian fame) - Tab Hunter. Gwen Verdon does Bob Fosse choreography (Whatever Lola Wants tango routine). Fosse also made a cameo appearance in dance routine. Music score was outstanding. Tab Hunter plays Joe Hardy, from Hannibal, MO, a transformed old Washington Senator's fan, into a young baseball super hero.

    4. The Natural - 1984 - Robert Redford as aging rookie sensation. Glenn Close does nice girl, Barbara Hershey does dark enigma, Kim Basinger is easy on the eyes.

    5. Field of Dreams - 1989 - Kevin Costner gets unique chance to reunite with his Dad.

    6. Talent For the Game - 1991 - Edward James Olmos plays a BB scout who finds a great pitching prospect, but must become personally involved.

    7. A League of Their Own - 1992 - Geena Davis played composite player, Dottie Hinson. Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, Rosie O'Donnell support well.

    8. Soul of the Game - 1996 - Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson play HBO film's Satchel Paige/Josh Gibson. Good pathos. Had heart.

    9. For Love of the Game - 2000 - Kevin Costner is back in uniform.

    10. The Rookie - 2002 - Dennis Quaid plays a HS coach with a 100 mph fastball, giving it one more shot, if his HS team cops league title. Nice heart, good pathos.

    Honorable Mentions:

    Pride of the Yankees - 1942 - Gary Cooper, Babe played himself, as did Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel, and Mark Koenig.

    Babe Ruth (1991) (TV), Stephen Lang played Babe, who was trim, for once. Refreshing.

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  • Tadasimha
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    From the list, I voted for Major League. Bull Durham is a VERY close second but Major League is better. I think that Major League 3 is better than Major Leauge 2 by a long shot. Field Of Dreams is so schmaltzy to me, I've never liked it. The Natural seems very realistic after watching that one.

    A personal honorable mention: Long Gone. It's an HBO movie that starred William Peterson and is about a minor league team in the deep south in the sixties. Very well made, fun to watch and shows some of what the black and latin players had to deal with to try and play ball. Probably not on DVD.

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  • dabigyankeeman
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    Field of Dreams really hits home for older guys like me who's dad has passed away. It can be a very emotional movie.

    For humor, as a whole movie, Major League is the best for me.

    However, in Naked Gun, the last third of the movie takes place during a baseball game and to me its the funniest baseball stuff ever in a movie. You have Lt. Drebin singing as Enrico Palacho, you have him umpiring behind home plate while searching the players for guns, you have the umpires getting a guy into a rundown, etc. Its a riot.

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  • DTF955
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    Originally posted by tomzpc View Post
    How is "The Natural" NOT on this list? It may be corny, but that's part of it's charm and why it is the best baseball movie IMO.
    Well, when you're trying to think of every movie out there, it's hard. Probably what happened was, he thought of it later and then said, "I've listed what, over 15, I must have put it there already," without checking.

    But, I agree, it's a great movie. I like silly fun like the 2nd "Angels int he Outfield" - I've never seen the first. So, I voted it first. However, on any given night, I could easily vote for "The natural," "Bang the Drum Slowly," or "Field of Dreams." Honorable mentions are "Rookie of the Year," "Pride of the Yankees," the original "Bad News Bears" (though I havne't seen it in what, maybe 20 years?), and probably 1-2 more I'm forgetting. (I have never seen "Eight Men out.") I also liked "The Rookie," "Major League," and...oh, there's just so many good ones. It's hard to make a really bad baseball movie, in my opinion. I mean, while it's not a baseball movie per se, even the baseball scenes in that one Naked Gun movie were hilarious!

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  • tomzpc
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    How is "The Natural" NOT on this list? It may be corny, but that's part of it's charm and why it is the best baseball movie IMO.

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  • abolishthedh
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    Since I've already voted and posted about that vote, I thought I would offer two cents on Honorable Mentions. While Field of Dreams is terrific, it is not suffering from any love-loss either.

    Two movies which deserve attention and respect are The Rookie (listed), and Eight Men Out. These two flicks are fantastic from a purists point-of-view. The feel of the respective eras for those movies was recreated very well.

    ---- Eight Men Out; realistic uniforms, highly realistic old-style cameras and attire among the press corps and supporting nonplayer cast.

    ---- The Rookie; this movie is set in the modern era (1995-1998). There is no mention of steroids, scandals, or anything. Feel good stuff all the way.

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  • RaoulDuke
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    Originally posted by crzblue View Post
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    Raoulduke,
    You should see Pride of the Yankees. My aunt got me started watching Gary Cooper movies as she loves all his movies. If you were close by, I could lend it to you :-). I love Bull Durham so maybe you should not listen to me :-)
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
    I actually went out and bought it after reading this thread. Pretty good movie, I got the biggest kick out of the Babe Ruth scenes, especially at the end during the Gehrig speech where Babe is in the background just staring dead in the camera the whole time.

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  • Tyke
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    I voted for Bull Durham, but also love Field Of Dreams, The Natural and For Love Of The Game. Incidently, I just read the book of FLOTG [by Michael Shaara] and thought it was terrible. They made a lot of changes for the film [fortunately] and I thought it worked really well.

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  • Derek Jeter
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    1. For the Love of the Game
    2. The Natural
    3. Bull Durham

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  • Bulldog19
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    I'm a big fan of Field of Dreams (been there), Little Big League, The Rookie, and the Major League movies. I especially like Major League 2 out of the three of them. I also like Fever Pitch even though it ends completely wrong! at Busch Stadium and all..

    Another good one I don't remember seeing mentioned is Summer Catch. That is based in the Cape Cod League...

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  • 17YearsofFutility
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    61*
    Eight Men Out
    Bang The Drum Slowly

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  • AJbaseball00024
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    I just saw the movie Field of Dreams, and it is in my opinion one of the best films I have ever seen. You cannot get through that movie without getting emotional.

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  • crzblue
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    Originally posted by RaoulDuke View Post
    1. 61
    2. Field of Dreams
    3. Cobb

    A little ashamed to admit I've never seen Pride of the Yankees. And that I don't think Bull Durham was anything special.
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    Raoulduke,
    You should see Pride of the Yankees. My aunt got me started watching Gary Cooper movies as she loves all his movies. If you were close by, I could lend it to you :-). I love Bull Durham so maybe you should not listen to me :-)
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

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  • RubeBaker
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    I actually liked Major League 2 more than the original (hence my namesake).

    But you left out For The Love of the Game. I know maybe kinda romancy, but Costner is always believable as a ballplayer (in this case a pitcher), Vin Scully is calling the game, and Sam Raimi is a great director (Evil Dead Series, Spider Man movies).

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