Baseball, America’s past time, is one of our nation’s most beloved sports. It has consistently brought people together, kept us on the edge of our seats, and brought us pure joy. Over the years, many movies have been made about this sport and the amazing men (and women) who play it. From the 1990’s to the past year of 2017, cinema has given us some absolutely amazing films about baseball. Here are two of the best baseball movies that have come out over the years.
Two Of The Best Baseball Movies
The Sandlot is a family-friendly, fun-filled movie you can enjoy over and over again, and so will your kids. Based in the 1960’s, the story follows a group of neighborhood kids who play baseball on a regular basis in an old field they affectionately call, “The Sandlot.” When Scotty Smalls, a kid who can’t even throw a baseball, moves into the neighborhood, the leader of the gang takes him under his wing. He teaches the new kid about the game of baseball and ushers him into the best summer of his life. Or is it?
Conflict strikes when Scotty hits a baseball signed by Babe Ruth over the neighbor’s fence, which he can’t get back. He soon learns that the neighbor is rumored to be an angry old man who owns a monstrous dog that eats kids. Can this be true? Watch to find out!
This is a wonderful baseball film, with a toe-tapping soundtrack, that’s sure to become a family favorite.
61* is a film based on the true story of Roger Maris, who was the first to beat Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season, back in 1961. Made by HBO and directed by Billy Crystal, this movie showcases the heartfelt and overlooked story of Roger Maris.
He was a small town kid who made it big when he was recruited by baseball scouts to play triple A ball, and eventually found himself playing for the New York Yankees. Before he knew it, he was in a race with crowd favorite Mickey Mantle to see if either of them would beat Ruth’s home run record. With a quiet personality and honest attitude, he wasn’t exactly what the country wanted in a sports star. He ends up beating Mantle, as well as Ruth’s record, but a lot of Americans didn’t like it.
This movie paints a wonderful and raw picture of what Maris went through: the stress, endurance, sadness, and triumph. It is a classic that’s sure to bring a tear to your eye and remind you of why baseball is America’s favorite past time.