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Baseball has long been known as America’s national pastime. Simultaneously, however, the sport doesn’t often receive its due, cinematically speaking. Sure, “Field of Dreams” is a love letter to the game, but if you remove Kevin Costner starring films, how many quality ones are out there? Too few, without question. Today, we’d like to rectify that.
The sport doesn’t wind up on the big screen nearly enough. The last truly upper echelon baseball movie was “Moneyball,” which rightfully earned the Academy’s attention. With this year’s movie season more than halfway done, why not consider some moments in baseball history that could be made into a film? Done properly, many of them could even be Academy Award contenders.
Classic baseball moments that could compellingly be depicted on film would include the 1969 Miracle Mets going from worst to first, as well as the 1986 World Series between the Mets and Red Sox. Considered one of the best World Series of all time, it’s prime material for a sports drama. Speaking of the Sox, they saw their curse breaking 2004 season depicted in the romantic comedy “Fever Pitch,” but they were peripheral figures. How much more significant would a full on sports flick be, charting the downfall of the Curse of the Bambino?
More recently, the drug related struggles and successes of slugger Josh Hamilton has been bouncing around Hollywood as a project. So, too, has knuckleball pitcher and unlikely Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey‘s story. Sports films in general are perfectly tailored for underdog tales. Seeing hard luck athletes make good has caused audience members to stand up and cheer for decades, with no sign of slowing down.
The choice is now yours! Which baseball moments would you like to see depicted on the big screen? Be sure to chime in.