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Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:40 AM

25 best baseball movies? Let the debate begin ...

https://www.mlb.com/news/best-baseball-movies-of-all-time-c301609142

The top ten (according to the link):

1. Bull Durham (1988)
2. A League of Their Own (1992)
3. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
4. Field of Dreams (1989)
5. Eight Men Out (1988)
6. Moneyball (2011)
7. The Natural (1984)
8. The Sandlot (1993)
9. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
10. Major League (1989)

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Despite it's plot holes, I like Bull Durham a lot, but I don't think there's ever been a better love letter written for baseball than Field of Dreams. I'm very surprised to see 42 so far down on the list -- should be in the top ten. Moneyball skewed the real facts behind the Athletic's success and gets knocked down on my list.

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Reply 25 best baseball movies? Let the debate begin ... (Original post)
Auggie Aug 2019 OP
True Dough Aug 2019 #1
NightWatcher Aug 2019 #16
Ohiogal Aug 2019 #2
PJMcK Aug 2019 #3
underpants Aug 2019 #4
luvs2sing Aug 2019 #5
Tetrachloride Aug 2019 #8
mia Aug 2019 #6
FBaggins Aug 2019 #7
underpants Aug 2019 #9
rampartc Aug 2019 #10
rsdsharp Aug 2019 #13
rampartc Aug 2019 #15
Va Lefty Aug 2019 #11
EllieBC Aug 2019 #18
unc70 Aug 2019 #12
gopiscrap Aug 2019 #14
The Polack MSgt Aug 2019 #17
Brother Buzz Aug 2019 #19
El Supremo Aug 2019 #20
The Polack MSgt Aug 2019 #21
El Supremo Aug 2019 #22
The Polack MSgt Aug 2019 #23

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:43 AM

1. I'll go with the first baseball move I ever saw

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Response to True Dough (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 12:57 PM

16. The OG Bad News Bears and Sandlot are my favs, followed by Major League

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:44 AM

2. I certainly can't argue with any of those.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:45 AM

3. Talent For The Game

Starring Edward James Olmos as a scout for the California Angels.

Fantastic scenes and acting with a terrific ending.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:46 AM

4. Bull Durham easily #1 for me

Iíd say The Natural and Major League after that.

Never really cared much for Field of Dreams.

Bad News Bears - what a great movie. Let Freedom Ring!

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:47 AM

5. The Natural is my #1

Followed closely by:

Field of Dreams
Bull Durham
The Pride of the Yankees
Eight Men Out
Major League
A League of Their Own
Moneyball
Fear Strikes Out (not on this list)

I havenít seen The Sandlot or Everybody Wants Some

And my top three are more like all tied for #1.

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Response to luvs2sing (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:54 AM

8. The Natural and Field of Dreams are at the top of my list.


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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:50 AM

6. Screwball (2019)

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:53 AM

7. I don't think I could name 25

League of their own would be several spots lower... but still top-10

Major League was enjoyable... but would only make my list because I don't think I could name 25 others.

The Bad News Bears would make the top 10.

Bang the Drum Slowly would also be in there.

Field of Dreams would move up to give me a Costner 1-2... with The Natural close on their heels.

I actually enjoyed The Rookie. That would also make my top 10.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:54 AM

9. Interesting story about Bull Durham - the Pink Floyd shirts

When they were filming it - before the season started I think- they needed crowd shots. Pink Floyd was playing a show nearby in Chapel Hill and the producers got someone in the band to announce that after the concert there would be free beer and hot dogs for anyone who showed up at the ballpark. Lots of the crowd shots feature a lot of Pink Floyd T-shirts.


Here ya go
BURG: The wedding scene was a night scene, and we had no money for extras. Pink Floyd was playing a concert in Chapel Hill, so we went and got the band to say, "We'll be partying after the show at the Durham Athletic Field, meet us there!" And around 11 that night thousands of people showed up in Pink Floyd T-shirts, drunk. That's how we got our extras. We just got lucky. It was that kind of movie.

https://www.si.com/vault/2015/07/10/106211232/worshipping-at-the-church-of-baseball



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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 08:56 AM

10. not on the list

pride of st louis (dizzy dean biopic)
it happens every spring (fred mcmurry is a mad scientist)

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Response to rampartc (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 09:55 AM

13. Sorry. Ray Milland played chemistry professor Vernon Simpson

turned pitcher King Kelly in It Happens Every Spring.

Fred McMurray wasn't in the movie. He was a mad professor who invented Flubber in some Disney movies, though.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 12:41 PM

15. ahhhhh. you are, of course, correct.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 09:14 AM

11. Eight Men Out

Great cast. True story.

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Response to Va Lefty (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 06:47 PM

18. EXCELLENT choice!

Loved that one. I wish MLB were reconsider lifting the lifetime ban on Shoeless Joe.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 09:14 AM

12. Don't forget Rhubarb

Bull Durham is my obvious choice. That was my park and my team at the time. The Bulls have now gone all upscale, AAA and a new park, and I don't go as often.

I would be remiss not to mention Rhubarb. It is a sentimental favorite. BTW Orangey the cat who played Rhubarb was in lots of movies including Breakfast at Tiffany's.



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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 10:24 AM

14. what about the movie of the 1919 Black Sox

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 01:23 PM

17. I'll give it a shot

1. League of their own
2. Bull Durham
3. 8 Men Out
4. Bad News Bears
5. The Pride of St Louis
6. Mr. Baseball - Just kidding this is a pretty crappy movie with rampant Japanese stereotypes
6. Field of Dreams
7. Sandlot
8. Major League
9. The Natural.
10. 42

Not Moneyball tho - It was fake.

Funny how well the Moneyball strategy worked when the As had 3 outstanding young starting pitchers and didn't work at all with average pitchers

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Fri Aug 9, 2019, 12:16 AM

19. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is at the top of my list

It's, well, what baseball is all about



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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 11:49 AM

20. No Mr. Baseball? Or The Winning Team with...

Ronnie Raygun as Grover Cleveland Alexander?

My favorite is Major League followed by Field of Dreams.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #20)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:52 AM

21. I thought Mr Baseball was a harmless middle of the pack comedy -

Until it came on one day and my wife and I were watching it.

My wife is a Tokyo girl born and raised.

That movie infuriated her.

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #21)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 12:54 PM

22. Why?

I thought the crap scene was hilarious. When I was in an Arab country the same thing happened to me.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #22)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:40 PM

23. The stereotypes - All the Japanese charecters

Were cardboard cut outs - The dickless ineffectual translator.

The stern wise manager.

The beautiful woman who just melts for Tom Selleck even though she's supposed to be a mature professional AND the managers daughter? My wife was yelling "Japanese women are not that slutty around their coworkers, not EVER"

All through the movie she was grumbling about little things that I barely noticed - "That's BS, Japanese players would fight if anyone did that" or "What is that guy even doing there?, doesn't he have a job?"

Yeah, she was not impressed

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