Best Baseball Movie

Michael Boylan's picture

There are plenty of nominees for this topic, but give it some thought.

Which baseball movie truly stands the test of time for you? Do you prefer comedy or drama?

I have to go with "Major League." It is still really funny, it doesn't feel too dated and it is a kick to see "President David Palmer" play Pedro Cerrano.

Plus, I get really pumped up when Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn comes in to close the game at the end.

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Submitted by Kevin Wandra on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 1:52pm.

As a die-hard New York Yankees fan, how could I not say "Pride of the Yankees"? Gary Cooper did a terrific job as Lou Gehrig, a great baseball player and an even better man.

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Submitted by John Munford on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 11:15am.

What movie better encapsulates the wackiness and superstition prevalent throughout the sport?

Crash to Nuke: "Don't think, just throw. Thinking can hurt the ballclub."

The garter bit in the clubhouse is hilarious. "Flowers go in the front, big boy!"

And when the coach tosses the bats into the showers, sending the players scattering: "You lollygag your way to first. You lollygag in and out of the outfield..."

Plus think of all the great music on that soundtrack. "60 minute man" comes to mind.

League of Their Own is good too, and the Rookie was alright, but not super-great.

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Submitted by muddle on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 10:44am.

The best baseball movie ever made is Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper. Babe Ruth plays himself.

"Lou, Lou, Lou. Gehrig! Gehrig!"

"Today, I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 9:55am.

I have two.

The Rookie..Dennis Quaid
A League Of Their Own..Tom Hanks

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Submitted by TonyF on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 9:26am.

A made for tv movie (maybe HBO) from the late 80's starring William Petersen and Virginia(WOW) Madsen about a minor league ball club called The Tampico Stogies. Very formulaic but also very well written and performed. You know the gist; bunch of losers no one else wanted, greedy owner, groupies, ne'er do wells et al. Hero stands-up to the man, wins the game, and gets the girl. I highly recommend this one. Does anyone else remember it?

"The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.You shuffle in the gloom of the sick room,and talk to yourself as you die."
(R. Waters)

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 1:02pm.

Yes, Bull Durham is funny. I love the scene where Costner tells the guy to throw a breaking ball but the pitcher insists on fastball. Costner tells the batter he’s gonna get a fastball. Homerun. Pitcher: “It’s like he knew it was gonna be a fastball.” Mr. Baseball is also funny with Tom Selleck in Japan dating the manager’s daughter. Major League—have you seen the Wild Thing Comcast commercials (“I wonder how this bruise will look in high def?”)

My three favorites:

(3) “Still We Believe” : the story about being a Red Sox fan before 2004 (my late grandmother can now rest in peace, having seen the 1918 World Series);

(2)“Field of Dreams”: The vignette about Moonlight Graham, who played in one game but never got an at bat, was great (mysticism at Fenway fit right in);

(1) “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950) starring Jackie as himself. A b&w classic. Bought it in Gil-Roy’s for $1.00.

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