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  • #61
    Let's get a Honus Wagner movie.

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    • #62
      I am surprised that there does not exist a series in the vein of A Football Life for pro baseball figures. Sure, every NFL player and their next-locker-over guy has a dedicated episode (or two in some cases), but it is still a great series, and there would be no shortage of interesting baseball subjects for such a series.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
        It wasn't any believable then. Same thing with Gary Cooper playing Gehrig. History is not kind to those old films.
        Cooper was one of the best casting picks in a baseball movie. He facially resembled Gehrig, roughly the same size (Cooper 6-3 and Gehrig 6-1), their voices were similar, and Cooper was good enough athletically most of the closeup baseball scenes (there weren't that many) were at least reasonably believable. (Although he certainly wasn't believable as a college-age kid.)

        The storyline was typical hackneyed 1940s stuff focusing on Gehrig's goofy parents, whirlwind romance with Eleanor, the cliche sportswriter buddy, and spending about 15 minutes total on his illness and death (yet never depicting him as visibly affected beyond loss of playing ability), and also never mentioned any friction whatsoever between Gehrig and Babe Ruth (probably necessary to get Ruth to act in the movie).

        But considering when it was made, POTY still stands as one of the best baseball movies ever.

        The next great baseball biopic should be Bill Veeck.

        Jesse Eisenberg could play the younger 20s-40s Veeck (from his days with the Cubs through Milwaukee, Cleveland and St. Louis), and then Robert Wuhl could play the older Veeck of both White Sox tenures. (Wuhl would be a better match overall but he's 68 now and couldn't pass for a 20s-30s Veeck of the 1940s.)

        For something like 30 years now, Bill Murray has been occasionally mentioned as a possibility for a Veeck movie but it's never gotten done. But he's 69 now and couldn't pass for a younger Veeck (and doesn't resemble him much anyway). Although maybe he could play the 70-plus Veeck sitting in the Wrigley Field bleachers in his final few years in kind of a bittersweet closing sequence.

        Michael Rapaport, now 50, maybe could play Veeck for his whole career. Other than planting the Wrigley ivy and getting his leg mangled in WWII, it wouldn't require many action scenes in his younger years.

        The Veeck story is pretty entertaining, his battles with the other team owners -- especially the Yankees -- were legendary (which could lead to problems with MLB approving logo and uniform use, etc etc). "Moneyball" and "Draft Day" showed there is some audience for behind-the-scenes sports movies focusing on management.
        Last edited by StarStar00; 05-03-2020, 06:11 PM.

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        • #64
          Rube Waddell
          Christy Mathewson
          Hal Chase

          Would each make for outstanding movies, if handled properly.

          PS: “The Catcher Was A Spy” (Moe Berg) was excellent, IMHO. Even in it involved very little about baseball, per se.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Floyd Gondolli View Post
            Rube Waddell
            Christy Mathewson
            Hal Chase

            Would each make for outstanding movies, if handled properly.

            PS: “The Catcher Was A Spy” (Moe Berg) was excellent, IMHO. Even in it involved very little about baseball, per se.
            Rube Waddell could have some humor to it like when he left games chasing fire trucks.

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            • #66
              Just recently finished Buzzie Bavasi's book and over 3/4 done with Graig Nettles book. Both are very interesting and show both sides when it comes to player salaries. Although Nettles was no fan of Steinbrenner handing out big deals to players who weren't part of the winning team the season before. Also Bavasi said that Drysdale and Koufax holding out actually cost raises for their teammates. I highly recommend both.

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