Baseball: America’s favorite sport.
It’s also a favorite of Hollywood, as there have been many, many movies based on the sport. So your friendly neighborhood writer thought to himself, Hm, what’re some of my favorite baseball movies? So now here we are, two hours later. The timing couldn’t be better, too, since Spring Training for the MLB is underway.
Now listen, I live my life as a part-time contrarian: always going against the grain. Don’t even ask me who I think is the best live action Batman (Ben Affleck, of course). These five movies are my top baseball movies, so if you don’t agree with them…well, I don’t know what to tell you. Now, let’s get started.
5). Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
Who? What? Not many people outside of my age bracket will know about this movie, but for those who tuned into Disney Channel Original Movies in the early 200’s, you’ll definitely remember this gem. The story follows Eddie as he balances pleasing his father and playing baseball, and pursuing his passion for cooking. Being an early 2000’s film aimed at 10-14 year olds, the film is a little cheesy, but has a great message about being true to yourself and pursuing your dreams. Worth a watch (insert shrugging emoji).
4). Fever Pitch (2005)
Long before he was the host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon was starring in comedies (his 2006 film Doogal is a personal favorite). In Fever Pitch, Fallon plays a young teacher who falls in love with Drew Barrymore. Everything’s fine and dandy until baseball season starts, and Fallon’s Red Sox-obsessed character is in danger of losing his girlfriend. I always chortle when, in one scene, Barrymore’s character gets bonked on the head and knocked out by a foul ball. If you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth a watch. Or don’t. Up to you…
3). Major League (1989)
What happens when the owner of a baseball team tries to move said team to a new city by tanking ticket sales? Well, you get a team where Charlie Sheen is a nearly blind pitcher, and the team unintentionally becomes a playoff contender. Very fun movie.
2). Field of Dreams (1989)
Boy, Kevin Costner sure does love baseball. Between 1988 and 1999, he starred in three baseball-themed films, including Field of Dreams. In the film, Costner’s character, an Iowa farmer, builds a baseball field on his land. Ghosts of former players show up to play ball, and in the process help Costner find closure with his deceased father. Oh, and Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) has a supporting role, too.
1). The Sandlot (1993)
Easily one of the most quotable movies of all time. Phrases like, “You play ball like a girl!” and “You’re killing me, Smalls!” will stand the test of time. The film follows Scottie Smalls, who moves to a new neighborhood and befriends a group of kids who play baseball. The friends go on funny adventures, like visiting the fair and going to the neighborhood swimming pool. The plot really kicks in when Smalls steals his step dad’s signed Babe Ruth baseball, and the group’s inevitable confrontation with “The Beast.” Easily my favorite baseball film of all time.
So there you have it. The top 5 baseball movies of all time, according to yours truly. Disagree? Well, okay, I guess. No need to get snippy.