Baseball is the perfect vehicle for Hollywood, with stories of redemption and heroes, and no need to have huge, sculpted athletes to fill roles (sorry, Aaron Judge). We have been provided with a plethora of good, and a handful of great baseball movies over the decades, many of which have become beloved classics. It is a wonderful sport to adapt to film.
From the “Bad News Bears” (the original) and “The Sandlot” to “Major League,” “Mr. Baseball,” “Moneyball” and “Cobb,” baseball has been used a vehicle for comedy and heavy drama. It has been the basis for stellar documentaries like Bing and Kurt Russell’s “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” “No No: A Dockumentary,” “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey”, and “Knuckleball!” Some may say baseball, and movies about baseball, “have marked the time.”
These are my five favorites. There are probably better films, and I’m sure there are better lists, but I’m not compiling a list of the best – just my faves.
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