Best Baseball Movies of All Time
The World Series kicks off tonight between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. Game one is in Kansas City where Trisha Yearwood will sing the National Anthem. Little Big Town has the honor for game three. In honor of tonight's World Series we pay tribute to the best baseball movies.
Polly's Top 5
1. Field of Dreams - 1989
In this tribute to dreamers, Kevin Costner plays an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball diamond in his field after hearing 'If you build it, they will come.' Come they did as the Boston Red Sox return to play on the field including Shoeless Joe Jackson, portrayed by Ray Liotta. If you only ever watch one baseball movie, this is it. Gives me chills every time.
2. Major League - 1989
'Just a bit outside. Tried the corner and missed. Ball 4. Ball 8. Ball and Vaugh has walked the bases loaded. How do guys lay off pitches this close.' I've watched this movie so many times, I can recite most of it. This was back before Charlie Sheen went off the rails and Bob Ueker is hilarious as the baseball commentator. If you need a laugh, this movie is for you. Stay away from the sequels. They are terrible.
3. A League of Their Own - 1992
'There's no crying in baseball.' Tom Hanks plays a washed up drunk, hired to manager a team in the All American Baseball League. Geena Davis, a thinner Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna all appear in this comedic gem.
4. Moneyball - 2011
Moneyball is a true life story of how the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane created a team off players no one else wanted and went on to have one of the most unlikely winning streaks in the history of baseball. Oh did I mention Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane.
5. Trouble With The Curve - 2012
Two words. Clint Eastwood. The Hollywood legend makes this movie, playing a baseball scout who's daughter, played by Amy Adams, goes on the road with him. The film also stars John Goodman and Justin Timberlake, who surprisingly, was really good.
Tad's Top 5
Major League, Moneyball and A League of Their Own all made Tad's top 5 list. The two movies that differ...
Brewster's Millions - 1985
Washed-up baseball player Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) learns he's inherited a $300 million fortune from his deceased, rich uncle. To get the cash, he must spend $30 million within 30 days and have nothing to show for it.
Bad News Bears - 1976
One of 1976's top grossing films. Walter Matthau plays a grumbling, beer-guzzling, former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits. With this bunch, it's impossible to get caught up in the competitive spirit. So, instead, the Bears have a good time.
The Royals who haven't been to the World Series since 1985, have an uphill battle, playing the Giants who have won 2 of the last four. If the Royals become champs, will their story become a Hollywood movie?
What's your favorite baseball movie?