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 5 -Tie: MAJOR LEAGUE and BULL DURHAM
Number 4 – FOR 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.
– THE 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 2 – THE 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.
– FIELD 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?