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May 9, 2013

Movie depicting legendary Jackie Robinson does not disappoint


Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is falling in love with Lindsey (Drew Barrymore) over the winter, but once spring rolls around, he finds himself torn between his new love and his one true love, the Boston Red Sox.

Set in 2004, the film’s original ending depicted the “Curse of the Bambino” dashing the hopes of Red Sox nation for an 85th consecutive season. Once Boston broke the curse, winning the 2004 World Series, the film’s ending needed to be rewritten.

“61*” (2001)

While this was never a theatrical release, shown only on HBO, it is a part of my movie collection. It certainly is on the top of my list of favorites as it follows the story of Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and their chase of Babe Ruth’s then-record 60 home runs in a single season in the summer of 1961.

“The Pride of the Yankees” (1942)

I may be biased being a Yankee fan, but this film has stood the test of time. It transcends generational gaps with the story it tells. The film follows the life of New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig, played by Gary Cooper. The “Iron Horse” played in 2,130 consecutive games before removing himself from the lineup when the symptoms of a deadly nerve disease, ALS or, as it’s commonly known, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” become too much for him to handle. It also provides an opportunity to see Gehrig’s longtime teammate, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, play himself.

“The Sandlot” (1993)

What kid has not seen this movie and the ones that came after? A generation of baseball fans grew up with this film, but make no mistake about it, baseball fans of all ages can appreciate and enjoy what is far too often tossed aside as a “children’s movie.”

“Major League” (1989) 

This sport’s comedy features the Cleveland Indians getting a new owner who has her sights on moving the team to Florida. Her goal is to get the team to become one of baseball’s biggest losers to do so. Despite her best efforts, Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) and Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert) lead the team on an improbable run.

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