Play Ball! A Few of our Favorite Baseball Movies.
Today is opening day for most of Major League Baseball. As a huge baseball fan, it’s one of the best days of the year. Everyone has hope that a World Series is in the cards for their favorite team.
To celebrate the start of the season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite baseball movies. Enjoy!
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1. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) – Starring Michael Moriarty and a guy who would go on to become pretty famous, Robert De Niro, Bang the Drum Slowly tells the story of Henry Wiggen and Bruce Pearson, players for the New York Mammoths. Bruce finds out he is terminally ill at the beginning of the film. Not the brightest or the best player, the Mammoths are prepared to cut him. But Henry ends his contract holdout and makes the team include one condition – that he and Bruce come as a package. Grab some tissues for this one because this one’s a tearjerker.
2. A League of Their Own (1992) – Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna, A League of Their Own tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Many great quotes came from this classic, but the most famous and widely used has to be, “There’s no crying in baseball!”
3. Moneyball (2011) – I was surprised I enjoyed a movie focused on building a successful team through sabermetrics so much. Having great actors like Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman certainly doesn’t hurt. Moneyball tells the story of the 2002 Oakland A’s and general manager Billy Beane’s quest to field a competitive team on a budget.
4. Little Big League (1994) – This is probably the least known of these movies, but one of my all-time favorites. 12-year-old Billy Heywood inherits the Minnesota Twins when his grandfather dies. After running off the team’s manager, Billy decides to name himself the manager of the team. The players are skeptical (as they should be!) but the team comes together to make a run at the AL wild card. Hilarity ensues as Billy tries to balance his adult job with the normal activities of a 12 year old. Look for appearances by former baseball greats Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr.!