Tag Archives: Baseball

A League of Their Own

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME, FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD. When America enters World War II, Major League Baseball is forced to change; a newly formed women’s league attracts unorthodox players… and one very reluctant coach (Tom Hanks). Big (1988) director Penny Marshall reunited with the star of that film for another charming comedy, this … Continue reading A League of Their Own


IN A GAME DIVIDED BY COLOR, HE MADE US SEE GREATNESS. In 1945, talented baseball player Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American in Major League Baseball. Although the icon was memorably portrayed in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), this bio has the benefit of historical distance where … Continue reading 42

Trouble with the Curve

WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU.  When aging baseball scout Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) gets one last assignment, his estranged hotshot lawyer daughter (Amy Adams) comes along for the ride, hoping to improve their relationship. When his longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz decided to make his directing debut, Eastwood agreed to come out of retirement and … Continue reading Trouble with the Curve

The Bad News Bears

THE COACH IS WAITING FOR HIS NEXT BEER. THE PITCHER IS WAITING FOR HER FIRST BRA. THE TEAM IS WAITING FOR A MIRACLE. CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES.  An alcoholic former baseball player (Walter Matthau) is hired to coach a California Little League team that stands no chance of winning games. This comedy became much talked-about because … Continue reading The Bad News Bears


WHAT ARE YOU REALLY WORTH? In 2001, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) tries to overcome his team’s financial limits by devising a new strategy for creating a competitive team, together with a young economics graduate (Jonah Hill) who has radical ideas. A compelling drama about how math changed baseball from the director … Continue reading Moneyball

Field of Dreams: Ease Your Pain

ALL HIS LIFE, RAY KINSELLA WAS SEARCHING FOR HIS DREAMS. THEN ONE DAY, HIS DREAMS CAME LOOKING FOR HIM. One of the very best movies about baseball made a heartfelt case to have the legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It still hasn’t happened though; Jackson remains banned, along with … Continue reading Field of Dreams: Ease Your Pain

The Stratton Story

Alcoholic former baseball pro Barney Wile (Frank Morgan) helps talented Texas farm boy Monty Stratton (James Stewart) join the Chicago White Sox, but a tragic accident cuts the kid’s career short. Director Sam Wood’s final film was the inspiring real-life story of Monty Stratton who lost a leg but overcame his difficulties. It’s a standard … Continue reading The Stratton Story

Fever Pitch

A COMEDY ABOUT THE GAME OF LOVE. Red Sox fan Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) starts dating successful businesswoman Lindsay Meeks (Drew Barrymore), but is initially reluctant to tell her just how big a deal baseball is to him. The Farrelly brothers’ remake of the 1997 British comedy changes sports and locations, but stays true to … Continue reading Fever Pitch

Bad News Bears

THE BASES ARE LOADED… SO IS THE COACH. Former NBL pro Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton), who is now an alcoholic, unenthusiastically takes a job coaching a failing team of 12-year-olds. Thornton went from playing the coach in Friday Night Lights the previous year to doing this Bad Santa-nized remake of a 1976 Walter Matthau comedy. His character is quite similar … Continue reading Bad News Bears

For Love of the Game

BILLY CHAPEL MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN THE WOMAN HE LOVES AND THE GAME HE LIVES FOR. As star pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is playing a pivotal game, he starts thinking about the past years in his life, and his relationship with Jane Aubrey (Kelly Preston). Costner and baseball are inseparable. The stars are pretty bland, … Continue reading For Love of the Game