Baseball


Baseball Sites of Interest

Flip Flop Fly Ball  Craig Robinson runs this site, described as “baseball infographics and other visual treats”.  You can spend an entire day looking at this site…part artistry, part information.

Eephus League  Lots of good info here.  Some daily info as well as some nostalgia for you purists.

Minor League Baseball    This is where baseball is played for fun and where dreams are big.  Click on “statistics” and bookmark your favorite players to keep up with their stats.

Old Time Family Baseball   Current commentary on all things baseball.

Hamptons League Collegiate Baseball   This is where my oldest son, Griffin, is playing ball this summer.  The Hamptons Division is part of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, and he plays for the Center Moriches Battlecats.   In the Hamptons.  Jerry, George, Elaine.  Italians.  And, a language he’s never heard.

College Summer Baseball   Get up-to-date highlights on various summer collegiate leagues.  There’s a sidebar, too, that provides links to each summer league.

 Baseball Quotes

Here are some of the best quotes about the game of baseball I know.  The first one is my own…fell free to quote me.  The others come from what I consider to be the best movie about baseball, Bull Durham.

“The greatest game given to mankind by the greatest God.”  Mark Moore

 I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there’s no guilt in baseball, and it’s never boring…It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried ’em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.  Annie Savoy, Bull Durham

 “The rose goes in the front, big guy.” Crash Davis, Bull Durham

“This guy is throwing a two-hit shutout. He’s shaking me off. You believe that? Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.”  Crash Davis, Bull Durham

“Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.” You could look it up.”  Annie Savoy, BullDurham

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.

10.     A League of Their Own

Tom Hanks makes this a good one.  Mix war-time baseball with some comedy, and it’s not bad at all.

9.     Angels in the Outfield

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.

7.     61

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.

5.     The Stratton Story

Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson, and black & white.  It’s a true story about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton.  Here’s the original trailer.

4.     For the Love of the Game

This one makes you hurt.  Knowing when to call it quits in baseball is one of the toughest decisions to make.

3.     The Natural

Classic story in the old era of baseball.

2.     Field of Dreams

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.

5 responses to “Baseball

  1. Great stuff here about the greatest game on earth. Thanks for the compilation.

  2. George A. Haloulakos

    Hi Mark – Thanks for directing your readers to my article which featured a personal remembrance of the split-finger fastball. Here are links to other baseball articles I have written. I enjoyed your list of baseball movies, and would add “The Winning Team” and “Mr. Baseball” as other nice films on this great game. Blessings to you and yours. 🙂
    ARTICLE ON DON DRYSDALE & SANDY KOUFAX
    http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2011/10/16/dynamic-duo-1959-1966-don-drysdale-sandy-koufax-pitched-dodgers-baseballs-summit/#comment-18945

    ARTICLE ON SAL MAGLIE
    http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2011/11/21/sal-the-barber-maglie-baseball-legend/#comment-19416

    ARTICLE ON MAURY WILLS
    http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2012/01/11/maury-wills-revolutionized-game/

    ARTICLE ON RON GUIDRY
    http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2012/08/29/ron-guidrys-hall-fame-case/

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