THE BEST FILMS DEPICTING MY FAVORITE SPORT IN MY VIEW
I know that one can poll ten people and get ten completely different lists regarding this subject.
I also know that I’ll get many disagreements regarding at least some of my choices.
But these are the movies with our national pastime as the subject that I have enjoyed the most and feel are the best.
For the record, I’ve included documentaries as well.
So here’s my list (in no particular order) – let the debating begin…
NOTE: Click on the YouTube links to view scenes…
BULL DURHAM (1988)
Considered by many to be the single greatest baseball film ever made; it’s number one on my list.
If you need any explanation as why this film depicting Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color line is on my list, I don’t know what to tell you.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992)
I remember seeing this in the theaters more than once, I enjoyed it so much. Plus it’s an essential film to show girls; to inspire and encourage them to follow their dreams.
THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976)
Along with the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series, the factor that piqued my interest in baseball.
This HBO film by New York Yankee fan #1 Billy Crystal was so good, even Yankee haters become fans for two hours.
THE NATURAL (1984)
I remember being in high school when this Robert Redford movie came out; I was SO excited at this final scene when Roy Hobbs (Redford) smashed the lights with his home run.
SOUL OF THE GAME (1996)
This HBO movie gives a good historical lesson of the Negro Leagues and its two greatest stars, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, along with Jackie Robinson and how he was chosen to break the color barrier.
EIGHT MEN OUT (1988)
Though there’s some recent debate about the viciousness of White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, whose mean stinginess is widely thought to be the reason for the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, this is the definitive story – in my opinion – about how Shoeless Joe Jackson and those other seven guys lost the World Series on purpose for gamblers.
WHEN IT WAS A GAME TRILOGY (1991, 1992, 2000)
This HBO trilogy, which is simply film footage of Major League Baseball and its players from the 1930s through the 60s, rekindled my fondness for the game.
BASEBALL – KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARY (1994)
Though I know there are folks who feel that this PBS mini-series should be discredited for the way it depicted Ty Cobb (in light of recent evidence of his character) and other things, I remember feeling that this was perhaps the greatest thing I ever saw on television when I first viewed it in ’94.
Plus it was dearly needed due to the World Series-killing baseball strike that was going on at the time; a perfect tonic.
OK, there are my choices.
You are now free to say how much you disagree with them if you are so inclined…
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles CA – a place I have been to over fifty times, with a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline in the back drop.