12 Greatest Movies Built Around Baseball
The popularity of “The Great American Pastime” has waned in recent years. Still, baseball games remain one of the cheapest tickets in town, and statistics suggest the rise of the mid-market team is leading a resurgence in baseball popularity. There’s nothing quite like a great movie about baseball to trigger the desire to get out to the stadium, and root, root, root for the home team… or the visitors if you’re a fan. For your consideration: 12 of the greatest baseball movies ever made.
12. Bang The Drum Slowly
Bang The Drum Slowly (1973) is a baseball drama starring Robert DeNiro and Michael Moriarty, and it delves into the heart of friendship and loyalty. Sure, it could be higher on the list, but there’s something lost in opting for the play on drama, as opposed to quality baseball. Sure, it’s a tough balance, considering the elite level that big league ball players execute the game, but that’s the one thing missing from the telling of this story. The baseball play looks very amateur at times. That said, it’s a wonderful film, and a must see for anyone who considers themselves a baseball aficionado, or is a sucker for brotherly sentiment.
11. The Pride of the Yankees
Gary Cooper playing the Iron Horse — it doesn’t get much better than that. A film that featured several prominent baseball figures as themselves, including Babe Ruth as Babe Ruth, The Pride of the Yankees chronicled Lou Gehrig’s famous battle with ALS. Gehrig was the first major celebrity to endure the diagnosis of ALS and, because of this, it is most often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The story — though exceptionally sad — was marked by one of the most courageous human beings to ever don a sports uniform, and one of the greatest, and most memorable sports speeches ever made.