The Morgan family loves baseball and especially Texas Ranger baseball. Last night we watched the home run derby and saw Josh Hamilton hit 28 home runs in the first round. With tonight being baseball’s all-star game I thought I’d give you my top 5 baseball movies of all time.


Number 4FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME: Kevin Costner’s character, Billy Chapel, didn’t know how to love anything but baseball. In the movie he finds himself at the end of his career pitching the perfect game. Great movie.

Number 3THE NATURAL: The film follows the career of an amazing young pitcher who mysteriously disappears. Years later as an unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs, he appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league despite the corruption that plagued the game at that time. Robert Redford, just like Kevin Costner, looks the part of a baseball player. And who could ever forget this scene where Hobbs hits a home run?

Number 2THE SANDLOT: What other movie could possibly bring us back to our childhood in such a way that we all could relate to the purity of the game? Of course, the classic scene of Benny at the swimming pool faking death to kiss the woman of his dreams and the classic line, “You play ball like a girl.” It’s a story about kids getting a game of baseball together at a local empty lot, with “no uniforms, no coaches, no umpires,” just a bunch of kids playing ball, all day long, nearly every day of the summer. My family has seen this movie two dozen times and it has yet to get old.

Number 1FIELD OF DREAM: Interestingly enough, there are hardly any baseball action scenes in the movie, and yet it has managed to become one of the great baseball movies ever made. The “voice” tells Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field and then says, “If you build it, he will come.” The “he” that will come is his father. In one of the greatest scenes ever, Ray asks his father, “Hey Dad, do you want to have a catch?” After all, if baseball is a game of heroes, who among us wouldn’t admit that their first, last, and most important hero is their father? And who wouldn’t agree that the first ever “catch” any of us ever played was probably with our fathers. I still can’t watch this scene without getting choked up. The Field of Dreams, if you haven’t seen this movie, stop what you are doing right now and go rent the movie.

So, this is my list of baseball movies … what does your list look like?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. That Girl says:

    Josh Hamilton ROCKS!!! Love his story, too.

    In no order…

    The Rookie – my favorite
    Bull Durham
    Field of Dreams
    Eight Men Out
    Major League
    A League of Their Own (oops, I went over the Top 5)

  2. That Girl says:

    oh, and how about Clay Council?

  3. Johnny Baseball says:

    Great list. You are right about #1…it just doesn’t get any better than field of dreams…probably would be on my top 5 overall movies.

    I would go with Bull Durham and The Natural at 2 & 3.

    The Sandlot and For Love of the Game deserve consideration, but would be behind Eight Men out on my list (“Say it ain’t so, Joe…Say it ain’t so”).

    I went to the College World Series in Omaha one year. Costner was at a Texas Longhorn game (he played shortstop for Augie Garrido at Cal State Fullerton), and he was signing baseballs “For Love of the Game – Kevin Costner”.

  4. Jeanne M. says:

    Living in North Carolina, we have heard a lot lately about Josh Hamilton, his bright future as a young man, the downward spiral he took, and the triumpant return. Also a good story was written about his choice for batting practice.

    What a night that must have been.

  5. Jeff Slater says:

    Yep — that scene in Field of Dreams always gets me. I’m immediately taken back to my childhood, playing catch with my dad in the backyard.

    And I love The Sandlot.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “step outside you nazi cow”

    field of dreams is #1 in my book.


  7. Stoogelover says:

    Great movies, all of them. But THE best was a cartoon years ago about the time the mighty Casey stuck out. I think it was Looney Tunes or Warner Brothers … but it was a classic!! I also liked “A League of Their Own” in spite of having Rosy and Madonna in it.

  8. Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes says:


    Field of Dreams is such a healing movie. It’s a movie about obedience even though others call you foolish. A still small voice says, “Build it”. It has also help me heal my relationship with my father who died when I was 19. I also love the sacrifice that was shown by Doc. Doc gives up his dream to play baseball to save the little girl who is choking on a hot dog. Im not a baseball fan but I love this movie.

  9. blogprophet says:

    yeah, the doc giving up his dream to save the girl is a highlight.

    plus an angry james earl jones, and practically any scene with him

  10. Philip Murphy says:

    Field of Dreams is such a chick flick. Honestly, it HAS to be one of the most overrated sports movies. It’s just as much a Corn movie as it is a Baseball movie.

    B.Durham gets the nod at #1.
    Followed by Major League I, Major League II, and Major League III.

    j/k of course about Major League II and III… but not about Field of Dreams. And how is 8 Men Out not on the list?

  11. roadtripray says:

    I’m not a baseball fan, although I have enjoyed a minor league game a time or two. But I really enjoyed Sandlot, and probably have seen it twice.

  12. Neva says:

    Do they really make movies about BASEBALL ??????

    Just kidding–don’t cry coz
    “there’s no crying in baseball”



  13. Wade says:

    I got sucked into watching League of Their Own recently and rediscovered one of film’s greatest lines regarding baseball: “Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!”

    The rest of the movie was pretty much a wash because the ball players were wearing skirts. And last I checked, there are no skirts in baseball either!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Well most of the baseball movies i have seen are kid movies but I’ll give you my top 5.

    #1 Sandlot (easy)
    #2 Rookie of the Year
    #3 The Rookie
    #4 Major Leagues
    #5 Little Big League


  15. paul says:

    I’ve seen ’em all. I just watched For the Love of the Game again this week. I am taking to a friends house on Saturday to watch it again…this week. All good.

  16. Toni Burns says:

    I can’t believe that no one has mentioned “Fever Pitch” yet. Definately on my top list.
    We are in Oklahoma right now and are heading to childress tomorrow. We will be with the Hendersons for a few days. Hope we will be able to come over and see you.

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