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May 9, 2013

Movie depicting legendary Jackie Robinson does not disappoint

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‘Bull Durham’ (1988)

I got to meet some of the actors in this film during an anniversary event held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The film features Kevin Costner as the minor-league lifer Crash, Susan Sarandon as baseball groupie Annie and Tim Robbins as the next big thing, Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh. “Bull Durham” showed a crueler side of the sport by focusing on the very un-romantic minor leagues.

‘A League of Their Own’ (1992)

This may be my ultimate favorite and is by far the movie I have seen over and over again. I do not typically watch movies more than once, but I have seen this one maybe more than I have seen “Forrest Gump,” which also start Tom Hanks. This movie is about women who competed in the first female professional baseball league staring Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell.

‘The Bad News Bears’ (1976)

For a generation of baseball fans, “The Bad News Bears” was, and still remains, the Holy Grail of baseball movies. Walter Matthau plays Morris Buttermaker, once a minor-league ball player, now coach of a group of misfits with middling talent on the baseball field. He makes a series of unorthodox decisions (like recruiting Amanda Whurlizer, a 12-year-old girl, as the team’s star pitcher), and leads them to the championships.

‘The Rookie’ (2002)

Based on the true story of youth baseball coach Jimmy Morris, it focuses on the extremely rare case of an older player, Quaid’s Morris, who was not on anyone’s radar, making it to the big leagues.

‘Angels in the Outfield’ (1994)

Angels are literally put in the outfield when a little boy prays for a family, which is only promised when the Angels (the team, not the heavenly bodies) win the pennant.

“Fever Pitch” (2005)

I am not a Boston Fan, but found this to be a great movie nonetheless. It is a remake of a 1997 British film and loosely based on Nick Hornby’s memoir “Fever Pitch: A Fan’s Tale.” While the book and movie were set in England and revolved around a soccer team, this version is set in Boston and revolves around baseball.

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