Needless to say, I love baseball.
It’s a perfect game.
Just think how few double plays we’d have if the bases were 89 feet instead of 90. And, what if the distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate were, say, 58 feet instead of 60 feet 6 inches. Too, what if there were only 7 defensive positions, or 11, instead of the 9 we have now.
It’s our game.
Some will say baseball is a derivative of the English game of cricket, or some may say it’s a descendant of an American indian game. Regardless of your view, baseball was invented in America and perfected in America. Other countries play the game, and some do it quite well, but baseball is uniquely American (what other reason did it fail to become an Olympic sport).
My Top 10 Baseball Movies.
Here’s my list of must-see movies about America’s greatest pastime, starting with #10. I recommend watching all of them on cable TV. The made-for-TV versions are not as profane.
Tom Hanks makes this a good one. Mix war-time baseball with some comedy, and it’s not bad at all.
The biggest reason I like this one is because this is the movie my boys grew up watching…a lot!
8. The Sandlot
This one reminds me of my days growing up playing ball with all the neighborhood kids.
Great movie about one of the greatest moments in baseball.
6. The Rookie
Honestly, this one made me tear up a bit. Every ex-ballplayer has the dream of making a comeback.
Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson, and black & white. It’s a true story about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton. Here’s the original trailer.
This one makes you hurt. Knowing when to call it quits in baseball is one of the toughest decisions to make.
3. The Natural
If you build it, they will come.
1. Bull Durham
This is, by far, the best baseball movie made. And, a movie that honestly depicts minor league ball in the Carolina League.