The World Series is here! As the Kansas City Royals take on the New York Mets, there is no better time to discuss what I think are the five best movies about baseball in film history. Here are my top five:
5. "The Benchwarmers" (2006)
"A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children baseball squads." (IMDB)
This movie is pure genius. While Rob Schneider's style of humor is most definitely not for everyone, I find this movie to be hilarious and heartwarming at the same time. Sure, there are some immature jokes that may make you roll your eyes (or laugh), but the message behind the story is one of love and support. Say no to bullying!
4. "A League of Their Own" (1982)
"Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry." (IMDB)
Tom Hanks shines as manager, Jimmy Dugan (duh, it's Tom Hanks), but the real strength of this movie lies in its reflection of American society in the 40s. Women were forced into different societal roles, and the thought that one could play baseball (let alone play the game well) was deemed crazy. This movie displays the courageous fight of a handful of women to break free and excel at something they love.
3. "The Rookie" (2002)
"A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs." (IMDB)
I absolutely love The Rookie. Dennis Quaid does a masterful job portraying Jimmy Morris, a 35-year-old science teacher. This movie is touching and is just wonderful on multiple levels. There are funny scenes, serious scenes, and everything inbetween, but the best has to be when he steps on the pitcher's mound for the Tampa Bay Rays as the oldest rookie in baseball.
2. "Field of Dreams" (1989)
"An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come." (IMDB)
Field of Dreams is one of the most famous baseball movies of all time, and for good reason. It is a compelling story and features Kevin Costner, back when he was still a huge star. Nominated for 3 Oscars, this film captured the hearts of baseball fans all around the world.
1. "The Sandlot" (1993)
"A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog." (IMDB)
You couldn't really expect any different, could you? The Sandlot is full of some of the funniest, most memorable quotes in movie history. From "You're killing me, Smalls!" to "You play ball like a GIRL!", this movie carries a lot of 90s nostalgia, and is relatable for fans of all ages. In my opinion, no other baseball movie really comes close.