What’s the Best Baseball Movie of All Time?
Sure, football's got “Rudy”, “Remember the Titans” and “We are Marshall”. Basketball has “Hoosiers” and “White Men Can't Jump”. Both Hockey and Boxing have great movies too, “Miracle” and “Rocky”. But for my money there's nothing better than a baseball movie.
In honor of the new baseball season Liberty Hall in Tyler will be showing baseball movies all month so be sure to go see your favorite one, up on the big screen. Click here to buy a ticket. In the mean time here's my Top 5 baseball movies of all time.
The Sandlot (1993)
I've probably seen "The Sandlot" a thousand times. Any kid can relate to it. Long hot summers with friends, sleepovers, swimming at the pool and playing baseball in your own neighborhood's abandoned lot. We all did it. Good times, great movie. Memorable line: "You're killin' me Smalls."
Eight Men Out (1988)
As a kid this movie tutored me on a darker part of baseball's history. It's a great story and when it's over you're not sure who the bad guys really were. The players who were suspended for life for throwing the World Series, or the owner that under-appreciated and under-paid some of the greatest players of their time. Memorable line: "Say it ain't so, Joe. Say it ain't so."
Major League (1989)
Charlie Sheen at his best. This movie had everyone singing "Wild Thing". It came out when I was just 8 years old, so my mom wouldn't let me watch it. But do you think that stopped me? I was glued to the screen as they pealed off owner Rachel Phelps leopard dress. Memorable line: "Juuust a bit outside."
Field of Dreams (1989)
This is hands down one of the best baseball movies of all time. I'm fairly certain watching this a kid cemented my love of baseball. The only reason it's not number one is -- I don't know actually, maybe it should be No. 1. Memorable line: "If you build it, he will come."
Bull Durham (1989)
The only thing that puts this above "Field of Dreams" is its authenticity. I didn't see it until I was probably 20 but have seen it at least 20 times since. Pitch for pitch, strike for strike the best baseball movie of all time. Memorable line: Yeah, I was in the show. I was in the show for 21 days once - the 21 greatest days of my life. You know, you never handle your luggage in the show, somebody else carries your bags. It was great. You hit white balls for batting practice, the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room service, and the women all have long legs and brains