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Friday, April 03, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your favorite baseball movie?

This is some low-hanging fruit, I’ll admit. It’s Thursday during a pandemic and I’ve never been able to get the hang of Thursdays during a pandemic.

Everyone has opinions about this one. It comes up a lot. And of course half of you degenerates think that one of the worst movies of any genre to come out in the past 35 years is the best, so I don’t even know why I’m bothering here, but like I said: it’s Thursday during a pandemic.

I’ve been over this territory in the past, but I’ll observe once again that “Bull Durham” is my favorite baseball movie. Mostly because it is one of the few baseball movies — one of the few sports movies in general, in fact — which eschews the whole “Big Game” thing.

Indeed, that’s what its writer and director Ron Shelton has said on many occasions is what he was specifically trying to avoid in making the movie. The Big Game which, in almost every other movie, causes the characters to forget almost everything they did over the previous two hours of movie time in service of a big sporty climax that, invariably, feels contrived.

There are some folk here who I know should have selections for this that aren’t that obvious…..

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 66 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:46 AM (#5936099)
Pride of the Yankees, with a cast that included Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel & Mark Koenig. That’s enough.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:03 AM (#5936102)
I've never been a big fan of baseball movies or books (or sports movies or books in general) but ...

Bull Durham is a lot of fun
A League of Our Own is very enjoyable but I haven't seen it in ages
Major League is enjoyable
8 Men Out is a good to very good movie but not really a baseball movie in the way we'd usually mean that

It's been 40+ years since I've seen Bad News Bears or Pride of the Yankees or ... so no informed opinion.

My fave baseball book is easily the Universal Baseball Association (it's been a few years, I should read it again to help me through this) but again that's not exactly a baseball book and again I'm drawing from a very small sample. Roth's Great American Novel has some funny moments (I especially like the rant about why a team needs 9 pitchers and the proto-sabermetrician). The Natural is still a great story but Malamud's writing hasn't aged well (last I read it).
   3. bachslunch Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:52 AM (#5936107)
Can’t pick just one. Among them:

Bull Durham
Bang the Drum Slowly
A League of Their Own
The Sandlot
The Bad News Bears
For Love of the Game
Fever Pitch
Moneyball
The Rookie
Major League
Damn Yankees

“The Natural” is okay but not a favorite. Do not like “Eight Men Out” or “Field of Dreams.”
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 03, 2020 at 03:38 AM (#5936109)
   5. Jaack Posted: April 03, 2020 at 03:41 AM (#5936110)
Excellent
Field of Dreams - I get why people don't like this movie, but I think it nails all it's beats exceptionally well
Major League - It's not really that good, but there is something irresistible here
Sugar - The best realistic baseball movie by a long shot

Good
Moneyball - somehow manages to be both very original while also being a crowd pleaser
The Natural - When this movie is really good, it's the best baseball movie, but there are a few too many annoying aspects for me to put it in the top tier
Bull Durham - It's good, but whenever I watch it, I'd rather just watch Major League
The Sandlot - Nails childhood about as well as any other movie
Pride of the Yankees - Really more of an average movie that has novelty value for all the Yankees stars' appearances

Average
A League of Their Own - Good performances, but feels a little made-for-TV for me
Eight Men Out - I really enjoy David Strathairn as Eddie Cicotte, but the rest is pretty mediocre
42 - Pretty bland, although I liked really John McGinley as Red Barber
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings - A fun watch and a good concept, but feels a little incomplete

Bad
For Love of the Game - Snoozefest about boring people
The Babe - One of a number of awful bio pics. At least this one isn't a complete fabrication like the next two
Cobb - The fact that this isn't the worst bio pic about a deadball star is impressive

Awful
The Winning Team - This movie almost certainly breaks the Geneva Convention
   6. BrianBrianson Posted: April 03, 2020 at 03:53 AM (#5936111)
So, the feeling here is that The Naked Gun doesn't have enough baseball to be a baseball movie?
   7. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: April 03, 2020 at 07:44 AM (#5936121)
I love almost all of them, but 'A League of Their Own' is the one I keep coming back to.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: April 03, 2020 at 08:27 AM (#5936128)
The original Bad News Bears is by far the best. The baseball players were far more genuine than in any other baseball movie, flawed and vulgar and scruffy.
   9. catomi01 Posted: April 03, 2020 at 09:24 AM (#5936143)
Too many to pick just one, but probably Bill Durham is at the top. I first watched it while I was working for a minor league team, and every few minutes, even during the more silly parts, I'd say to myself, yeah I could see that happening.

A League of Their Own, Moneyball and The Sandlot all in a tie for 2nd and with claims for the top spot. Major League, the Natural and For Love of the Game probably the top of the next tier for me (in that order).
   10. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 03, 2020 at 09:42 AM (#5936152)
I'm tempted to vote for "none of them", although I'll admit a certain residual fondness for The Sandlot.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:14 AM (#5936186)
the WORST baseball movie of all time is The Slugger's Wife from 1985. I assume most of you haven't seen it. Don't
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:19 AM (#5936189)

the WORST baseball movie of all time is The Slugger's Wife from 1985. I assume most of you haven't seen it. Don't


I have. You'd think a movie with Danny Noonan and the hot prostitute from Risky Business is a good foundation for a film. It is not.
   13. Alex Vila Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:35 AM (#5936194)
Fear Strikes Out was pretty good. Bang The Drum Slowly, Eight Men Out, and Bull Durham are faves, but A League of Their Own is my current favorite.
   14. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:37 AM (#5936195)
I have. You'd think a movie with Danny Noonan and the hot prostitute from Risky Business is a good foundation for a film. It is not.

also--written by Neil Simon and directed by Hal Ashby
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5936197)
I'll second Field of Dreams.

yes, you have to suspend a LOT of disbelief.

But I don't ever want to become cynical enough not to bathe in, yes, that speech - especially not these days:

"People will come, Ray.

They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom.

They’ll turn into your driveway, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it.

They’ll arrive at your door, as innocent as children, longing for the past.

“Of course, we won’t mind if you look around,” you’ll say, “It’s only twenty dollars per person.”

And they’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it - for it is money they have, and peace they lack.

And they’ll walk off to the bleachers and sit in their short sleeves on a perfect afternoon.

And find they have reserved seats somewhere along the base lines where they sat when they were children.

And cheer their heroes.

And they’ll watch the game, and it’ll be as they’d dipped themselves in magic waters.

The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces.

People will come, Ray.

The one constant through all the years Ray, has been baseball.

America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers.

It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.

But baseball has marked the time.

This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray.

It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.

Oh, people will come, Ray.

People will most definitely come."
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:49 AM (#5936198)

Ray Kinsella: "Fifty years ago, for five minutes you came within... y-you came this close. It would KILL some men to get so close to their dream and not touch it. God, they'd consider it a tragedy."

Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham: "Son, if I'd only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes... now that would have been a tragedy."
   17. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:11 PM (#5936205)
The whole movie doesn't stand up as well, but Fever Pitch has unquestionably the Best. Ending. Ever. Ever. Ever.
   18. Booey Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:30 PM (#5936211)
The vampire baseball game from Twilight. ;-D

The ending of The Natural is the best baseball scene ever. ALMOST makes you forget that the rest of the movie is actually pretty boring.

The Sandlot always gets bonus points in my book for being filmed in my hometown. The field where they beat the rich kids is about 2 blocks from my house and I pass by it every day. The actual sandlot is only about 10 minutes from my house, and I pass it fairly regularly too (or did, back when going outside was still a thing). It's just a regular field now rather than a baseball field, but they still have Sandlot sayings painted on the fence that used to be the outfield walls ("You're killing me Smalls!")

Fever Pitch is underrated. I don't think I'd call it a great movie overall, but IMO it captures the quirky irrationality of hardcore fandom better than any other.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:38 PM (#5936213)
It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.
Huh. Who knew Terrence Mann was MAGA?
   20. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:44 PM (#5936215)
Sugar is my favorite. Very true to itself and the game (as best I can tell).

I like A League of Their Own a lot. What could be hotter than mostly attractive, athletic women playing baseball? ;) I'm a sucker for sisterly rivalries, as I have 5 of them and saw that growing up (and present day!).

Bull Durham is a lotta fun.

Never could get into The Natural.

Field of Dreams is not a great movie, but touches the soul. Costner looks like a guy who played a lot of baseball growing up.

I don't like any baseball movie where the actors don't look any more athletic than me.
   21. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:50 PM (#5936216)
I don't like any baseball movie where the actors don't look any more athletic than me.

that's what bothers me about Fear Strikes Out. Anthony Perkins throwing the ball--he throws like a ...... (no, I won't say it)
   22. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:54 PM (#5936219)
Anthony Perkins throwing the ball--he throws like a ...... (no, I won't say it)

Like a psycho?
   23. Perry Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:58 PM (#5936222)
I'll cast my usual vote for Long Gone, although most people have never seen it -- it was an HBO movie in the late 80s and I don't think has ever had a DVD or streaming release. I have a DVD but it was clearly made from an old VHS tape. I believe you can also watch it for free on youtube, last time I checked it was still there. Stars William Petersen and Virginia Madsen as earthier, funnier versions of Crash and Annie from Bull Durham.

I've never seen the baseball Fever Pitch and never will, but veering away from baseball, the original, British Fever Pitch, from Nick Hornby's book about being an Arsenal superfan, is a very enjoyable rom-com starring Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell.
   24. aberg Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:02 PM (#5936224)
My favorite baseball movie is Die Hard.
   25. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:09 PM (#5936228)
My favorite baseball movie is Die Hard.

that's a sandwich
   26. Itchy Row Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:15 PM (#5936230)
For TV, "Homer at the Bat" and Always Sunny's "The Gang Beats Boggs" are the best baseball episodes and Brockmire is the best baseball-related series that I can think of. George Costanza's Yankee storyline had its moments, but the Keith Hernandez episode is Seinfeld's best.

I remember liking WKRP's episode named "Baseball" (but actually involving softball) when I was a kid, but it didn't hold up when I watched it a year or two ago. I didn't like the Sparky Anderson episode even when I was a kid.
   27. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5936234)
then there was Drysdale, Mays and Durocher appearing a couple of times on Donna Reed; Durocher, Koufax and other Dodgers in Mr Ed and Durocher scouting Jethro in Beverly Hillbillies
   28. Gazizza, my Dilznoofuses! Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:31 PM (#5936236)
I remember liking WKRP's episode named "Baseball" (but actually involving softball) when I was a kid, but it didn't hold up when I watched it a year or two ago.


"Les... Pete Rose played right field."
   29. Itchy Row Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:37 PM (#5936237)
Durocher scouted Herman Munster too. He had an eye for talent.
   30. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:47 PM (#5936240)
Major League

I know it's not great cinema, but it's a near-perfectly executed version of what it is. A lot of its tropes are now stale from having been recycled in so many other movies, and Major League no doubt borrowed a lot of them from other films itself. But to a 9-year-old kid who had never seen most of those other movies, it was the best. And it holds up fairly well, I think.

   31. ajnrules Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:49 PM (#5936241)
I love A League of Their Own, and Moneyball has grown on me a lot (even though I really dislike the A's).

But The Pride of the Yankees is still at the top for me. Yes, it's just a whole lot of schmaltz, and Gary Cooper looks and acts nothing how we'd imagine Lou Gehrig to be like, but I'm a big fan of Teresa Wright, and is phenomenal as Eleanor. Plus I'm just a sucker for schmaltz.
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:58 PM (#5936245)

then there was Drysdale, Mays and Durocher appearing a couple of times on Donna Reed; Durocher, Koufax and other Dodgers in Mr Ed and Durocher scouting Jethro in Beverly Hillbillies


Drysdale and Wes Parker were on the Brady Bunch.
   33. Booey Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:02 PM (#5936247)
#26 - The Gang Beats Boggs was great, but my favorite baseball moment from Sunny will always be Mac's letter to Chase Utley. Even more awesome that Utley actually responded to it 5 years later on MLB Fan Cave.

Speaking of Boggs, he's got to be the GOAT when it comes to MLB TV appearances. His legendary airplane drinking record being challenged on the aforementioned Sunny, getting knocked out in a bar fight with Barney arguing about England's greatest Prime Minister on The Simpsons, getting his pants stolen on Cheers...all comedy gold.
   34. Itchy Row Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:05 PM (#5936248)
I forgot about Mac's letter to Chase Utley. Utley and Ryan Howard hung out with Charlie and Dennis on an episode a few years later. Howard was also on an episode of The Office, which had a character named after him.

I don't remember if Growing Pains had any baseball episodes or references, but it was about a family named Seaver. Their neighbors were the Koosmans.
   35. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:24 PM (#5936252)
I can't find any evidence of this, but I'm sure there was one episode of Growing Pains where Mike Seaver was unhappy and wanted to change his name, and suggested changing it to "Tom", the joke being the audience knew who Tom Seaver was but he didn't.
   36. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:35 PM (#5936258)
This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray.

It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.

Oh, people will come, Ray.

People will most definitely come."
This reminded me that the Yankees - White Sox Field of Dreams Game, scheduled for August 13, is one more thing jeopardized by the coronavirus crisis. I was so looking forward to Aaron Judge belting massive cornshots while awe-struck fans looked on reverentially. Apparently, there is uncertainty about whether the construction schedule will hold, to add to the issue of whether the season even starts by then. <sigh>
   37. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:41 PM (#5936260)
Does "Strategic Air Command" count? It's got some nice shots of the Cardinals in spring training in Florida, and some great footage of B-36s.
   38. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:57 PM (#5936268)
I don't remember if Growing Pains had any baseball episodes or references,
It had at least one basketball reference, when Mike got caught with the answers to a history test written on his shoes, and he tried to play it off as the names of his friends...including Appomattox Courthouse, "a black guy, captain of the basketball team."

Yeesh.
   39. The Mighty Quintana Posted: April 03, 2020 at 05:00 PM (#5936298)
Max Dugan Returns is nice little movie, with baseball as a side plot.
   40. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 06:15 PM (#5936330)
Speaking of Boggs, he's got to be the GOAT when it comes to MLB TV appearances. His legendary airplane drinking record being challenged on the aforementioned Sunny, getting knocked out in a bar fight with Barney arguing about England's greatest Prime Minister on The Simpsons, getting his pants stolen on Cheers...all comedy gold.

Boggs was also in an episode of "Psych" with Danny Glover, playing himself as a minor league hitting coach.
   41. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 06:22 PM (#5936331)

#38 that's one of the few Growing Pains episodes I remember.
   42. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 07:24 PM (#5936346)
Field of Dreams is the sentimental favorite. But The Sandlot, A League of their Own are right up there. 61* is not my favorite but is definitely in my top 6 or 7 and I feel is very under-rated. I really enjoy that movie.
   43. Howie Menckel Posted: April 03, 2020 at 10:44 PM (#5936372)
MLB Network tonight played "Trouble With The Curve" - apparently Clint Eastwood is a grizzled scout and Amy Adams is his daughter, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter, no sure as I haven't seen it.

how many stars does it rate?
   44. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 03, 2020 at 10:55 PM (#5936374)
I'm not saying that Mr. Ed sliding into home plate is the apex of the entire history of comedy... but I'm also not saying it isn't.
   45. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 10:58 PM (#5936376)
I'm not saying that Mr. Ed sliding into home plate is the apex of the entire history of comedy... but I'm also not saying it isn't.

judge for yourself
   46. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 04, 2020 at 01:02 AM (#5936391)
C'mon, no love for Rookie of the Year?

MLB Network tonight played "Trouble With The Curve" - apparently Clint Eastwood is a grizzled scout and Amy Adams is his daughter, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter, no sure as I haven't seen it.

how many stars does it rate?


I saw it once and thought it was hilarious. But I don't think that's how the writers intended it to be taken. :) (You know how Billy Beane wrote Moneyball? Joe Morgan wrote Trouble With the Curve.)
   47. BrianBrianson Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:15 AM (#5936394)
I personally don't care for Take me out to the Holodeck at all, but I do know a surprising number of people who like it.
   48. rr: calming the thread down with my arms Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:23 AM (#5936396)
I'll cast my usual vote for Long Gone, although most people have never seen it -- it was an HBO movie in the late 80s and I don't think has ever had a DVD or streaming release.


Yep. I have mentioned this movie a few times when this comes up. Dermot Mulroney is in it as well.

The episode of The Munsters, also with Leo Durocher, when Herman Munster takes batting practice at a Dodgers tryout easily tops Mr. Ed. Herman Munster without PEDs

And finally Bugs Bunny vs, the Gashouse Gorillas
   49. Perry Posted: April 04, 2020 at 02:29 AM (#5936397)
how many stars does it rate?


Haven't seen it, but based on Posnanski's terrific takedown, probably not many.
   50. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 04, 2020 at 03:20 AM (#5936400)
If you'd never seen it before, and you sat down to watch it having been told it was a parody written by the Fire Joe Morgan guys, you just might believe it.
   51. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: April 04, 2020 at 05:35 AM (#5936406)
Not only does Bull Durham not make the top five, it struggles to make the top ten. Love Tim Robbins. Throws like a spaz which helped torpedo the movie. The smarmy trying so hard to be realistic and hip dialogue is what kills it. Lame, made for lames.
   52. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:17 AM (#5936427)
I personally don't care for Take me out to the Holodeck at all, but I do know a surprising number of people who like it.


I like it, but I can't imagine liking it if I wasn't a big fan of DS9. It's a good character episode, especially for Sisko, but the baseball elements of it are probably the least entertaining. With the exception of the vanishing crowd.
   53. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:34 PM (#5936472)
I continue to hope that someone will remake "It Happens Every Spring".
   54. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 04:16 PM (#5936524)

I haven't seen it in years, but I remember "Soul of the Game", an HBO original movie about the Negro Leagues, being good. Stars Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson, Delroy Lindo as Satchel Paige and Mykelti Williamson as Josh Gibson.
   55. Howie Menckel Posted: April 04, 2020 at 05:30 PM (#5936534)
from Posnanski link in 49 per Trouble With The Curve, lo

"TWTC makes clear right away that this No. 1 prospect is a jerk by having him say a couple of jerky things, but none of the scouts ever seem to talk to him so they are either unaware of his attitude or they don't care. What Eastwood will find almost at the very end of the movie is that the prospect can't hit a curveball, something he would have known earlier had he been aware of the title of the movie."
   56. Booey Posted: April 04, 2020 at 05:35 PM (#5936538)
Yeah, Soul of the Game was a good one. And the field they used to film it in Huntingburg, Indiana was the same one used for A League of their Own.
   57. Jay Z Posted: April 04, 2020 at 05:55 PM (#5936544)
I liked the Married With Children softball episode that had the Eight Men Out ending. That was better than Homer At The Bat. Then again, I have long since burned out on anything to do with The Simpsons.
   58. puck Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:02 PM (#5936584)
There was a Twilight Zone episode about a robot pitcher for a team managed by Jack Warden.
   59. Mike A Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:22 PM (#5936592)
Major League...And it holds up fairly well, I think.

I watched it the other day. There's some awkward not-so-PC moments that are pretty typical of 80s comedies. But for the most part, the jokes still hold up, particularly Uecker's play-by-play.

What doesn't hold up, though, is the romantic subplot between Jake (Tom Berenger) and Lynn (Rene Russo). It's really kinda creepy - first, he shows up at her workplace uninvited. Then he follows her home, not once, but twice! But, all the stalking/pressure pays off in the end as she falls for him (again) and leaves her fiance. Yay!

For the record, I gotta go with The Bad News Bears as my personal favorite, with HM to Bull Durham. But nothing will ever top The Naked Gun's baseball scene.

And as a Braves fan, it's kinda depressing our two big movies are The Slugger's Wife and Trouble with the Curve. Ouch.
   60. CFBF's Overflowing Pathos Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:39 PM (#5936605)
The Durham Bulls are supposed to be a Braves affiliate in Bull Durham, aren't they?
   61. SoSH U at work Posted: April 04, 2020 at 09:52 PM (#5936613)

The Durham Bulls are supposed to be a Braves affiliate in Bull Durham, aren't they?


They were at the time.

   62. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 04, 2020 at 10:07 PM (#5936620)
What doesn't hold up, though, is the romantic subplot between Jake (Tom Berenger) and Lynn (Rene Russo). It's really kinda creepy - first, he shows up at her workplace uninvited. Then he follows her home, not once, but twice! But, all the stalking/pressure pays off in the end as she falls for him (again) and leaves her fiance. Yay!

Yeah, it’s hard to watch that subplot and root for the jock who cheated on her over the mild-mannered banker who seems to treat her right (especially now that I’m a banker myself). Most movies like that today at least try to make the banker into an evil corporate raider who also cheats on her, or something like that. But she has agency and made her choice; in the end I think Mr. Banker is better off without her.
   63. CFBF's Overflowing Pathos Posted: April 04, 2020 at 11:48 PM (#5936645)
They were at the time.


Then Bull Durham is a Braves movie. Technicality!
   64. Alex Vila Posted: April 05, 2020 at 12:14 PM (#5936704)
No love for Brewster’s Millions... and for good reason.
   65. Gch Posted: April 05, 2020 at 01:05 PM (#5936722)
If we're counting cameos, Kurosawa's Stray Dog has a great stakeout scene set at a baseball stadium, and Harold Lloyd's Speedy is fun to watch for the Babe Ruth cameo (and the blink and you'll miss it appearance of Lou Gehrig).

For TV, I always enjoyed the episode of Newsradio where Bill, Jimmy, and Dave spend an entire day editing Bill's "the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat!" baseball promo.

MASH had a classic episode that covered an entire year. One subplot is Klinger bets Potter that the Dodgers will lead the division over the Cardinals on a particular date (because they're all going to be home before the season ends, ha ha) and later on in the year Charles becomes convinced it's easy money so he offers 6-1 odds for the Dodgers vs the field. Everybody gets in on the action, and the season ends with Bobby Thompson at the plate and Charles ranting "I can't believe you actually talked me into giving away my hard-earned money to a bunch of grown men named Newk, Duke and Pee-Wee!"

Seinfeld's cotton uniforms and Jerry having a conversation about the Mets' chances with a naked man on the subway deserve a mention.
   66. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 05, 2020 at 04:01 PM (#5936789)
I never heard of HBO's Soul of the Game or Long Gone before. I want to watch both. Too bad the latter is impossible to find. I see a VHS for $45 on eBay.

Meanwhile Showtime was making Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way starring Paul Sorvino. And something called Casey at the Bat in 1986. Starring Elliott Gould and Carol Kane? Part of an anthology series hosted by Shelley Duvall? Anyone ever seen THAT?


Thus we have the central crisis of ''Casey at the Bat,'' a freewheeling adaptation of Ernest Thayer's enduring 1888 poem that is the latest chapter of ''Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends,'' arriving on Showtime Friday evening at 8. With Miss Duvall as executive producer, the 60-minute period piece stars Elliott Gould as Casey - here a struggling slugger with an unseemly weakness for hotdogs, whose home run is needed to save the day - and Carol Kane as his fickle inamorata. As taped in a Hollywood studio under David Steinberg's direction, the program also features Rae Dawn Chong - currently in ''The Color Purple'' - as a snaky temptress-for-hire, and Howard Cosell as a sportscaster who recites snatches of Thayer's poem, sometimes while wearing a rubber pig's nose.

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