The Church of Baseball

It’s no secret that my all-time favorite movie is BullDurham.  

Others would agree with me when I say that it’s the greatest sports movie ever…well, at least Sports Illustrated does.  In 2003, they gave Bull Durham that title.

It’s the story of life in minor league baseball.  While some of it is entertaining for the sake of artistic license, much of it is spot on in its portrayal of life in the minor leagues – a grind of baseball, bus rides, slumps, and the over-the-shoulder pressure of knowing your replacement could arrive any day now.

My favorite parts of the movie happen in the games, where Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) is called in to mentor “Nuke” LaLoosh, a first-rounder whose arm is a “gift from the baseball gods.”  As Crash told Nuke on one bus ride, his biggest problem was that “he has a million dollar arm and a five-cent head.”


A few weeks ago, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Nashawaty revisited the movie and its cast.  The comments from the producers and cast are enlightening.

Worshipping at the Church of Baseball

And, here’s a brief clip from the movie.

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