Over this weekend I ended up watching my all time favorite baseball movie and probably a close second if not tied for number one favorite movie of all time for me. I know this list has been done many times before and you will see the usual movies in the list, but here are my top five.
The Bad News Bear (1976) is about a group of misfit boys lead by their misfit manager who is played by Walter Matthau. The team would compete in the tough California little league with the help of a girl pitcher played by Tatum O'Neal.
The aging baseball player, Roy Hobbs (played by Robert Redford) who came up as a rising star pitch who never found success until he went from the mound to the batters box. He would have help with a magical baseball bat that came from a tree that was struck by lightning.
Even with this movie being based on one of the Tigers rivals, the Cleveland Indians it is still a good movie. The Cleveland Indians new owner wants to move them out of Cleveland, so she decides to put together a team of aging players mixed with no named players hoping for them to finish dead last once again.
3) Bull Durham
An aging catcher Crash Davis (played by Kevin Costner) who is the all time minor league home run king is brought in to mentor the young immature pitcher Nuke (played by Tim Robbins). Of course this movie has to make the list when the Tigers have their own Crash Davis in Toledo with Mike Hessman.
The story of Jackie Robinson. What more can you say about this movie. It shows what he went through while breaking the color barrier for baseball players.
This movie ranks right up in my all time favorite movies with Home Alone. It is a coming of age story that takes places in 1962 when Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood. Looking to make friends he stumbles upon a group of boys playing ball on the sandlot. They needed one more guy to make a team and Smalls is that guy after a little help from their leader Benny "The Jet' Rodriguez. They have a summer filled with baseball and the biggest pickle of their young lives.