With the baseball season winding down — and my beloved Cubs out of the playoffs — I thought I’d fill the ample time until spring by naming off my top five baseball films of all time.
- The Natural
- Field of Dreams
- A League of their Own
- Pride of the Yankees
- Eight Men Out
- Bull Durham
Yes, I have six baseball movies in my top five. Because there’s not a movie there I can do without.
Years ago when I’d heard that Michael Bishop’s Brittle Innings — a novel about the Georgia minor leagues during World War II — was optioned for Hollywood, I was hoping for it. I’m not sure who I’d have cast for any of the roles a decade ago. I don’t know who I’d cast today. The casting for Jumbo Hank Clerval would have to be perfect, though. I don’t know. People certainly would have been talking about it, though.
Favorite baseball movies, anyone?