Favorite Baseball Movies

Last week the team and coaches were tasked with naming their top five favorite baseball movies.  The votes are in and in total there were 19 different baseball movies named.  The best part about 19 movies being named means that there are a lot of good baseball movie options out there for people to watch to help fill our baseball void for the time being.

The movie mentioned most often was The Sandlot.  This movie follows Smalls on his journey in a new town meeting new friends and learning the game for the very first time.  Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez is one of the most iconic characters in baseball movie lore as he tackled “the Beast” on his way to becoming a professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Another iconic movie mentioned consistently was Major LeagueMajor League premiered in 1989 and followed the hard luck Cleveland Indians on their journey to the playoffs.  Despite mostly being filmed in Milwaukee, the film does capture some of the essence of what it was like growing up in Cleveland during the 1980’s.  The characters are unforgettable and the baseball scenes are very well done.  Charlie Sheen is said to have been throwing in the mid to upper 80’s during filming.

Moneyball was the movie mentioned the third most and is a very entertaining movie about the 2002 Oakland A’s and how they found value in players who were not expensive.  The game completely changed in the mid 2000’s because of the A’s as teams no longer looked at batting average or rbi’s as value but looked at on base percentage and OPS as defining what value a player held.  The movie is based on the book of the same title and is entertaining while providing some valuable incite to how the Oakland A’s were able to accomplish a 100 win season after losing three of their top players to free agency.

Coach Franken said about Moneyball, “As a math teacher and baseball coach, this movie combines two very important things to me. After losing to the big market Yankees in the 2001 playoffs, the small market Oakland Athletics lost three of their “best” players to free agency. The movie follows A’s General Manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), and his sabermetric-enthused assistant (Jonah Hill) as they work together to put together a competitive team on one of the league’s lowest budgets.”

If you are looking for a baseball movie to watch (they have been airing on a number of channels and streaming services all week) here is the complete list of movies mentioned by our players and coaches sorted by category of baseball movie.

Coming of Age Kids Comedy

  1. The Sandlot
  2. Everyone’s Hero
  3. Bad News Bears
  4. Rookie of the Year
  5. Hardball (this one is funny but also a tear jerker)

Based on a True Story

  1. 61
  2. The Rookie
  3. Moneyball
  4. 42
  5. The Perfect Game
  6. Million Dollar Arm

Realistic Baseball Comedy/Drama

  1. Major League
  2. The Natural
  3. Field of Dreams
  4. Major League II

Romantic Baseball Comedy/Drama

  1. Fever Pitch
  2. For the Love of the Game 
  3. Summer Catch

Baseball Comedy

  1. Benchwarmers



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