The third chapter of the series of the 100 best films (non-documentaries) related to the world of sports is dedicated to baseball, after the initials of football and basketball. It is not a matter of deciding which one is the best but of offering an interesting list of productions to enjoy during these days of confinement. Baseball became for many decades the pastime of America Y Hollywood He was not at all oblivious to this circumstance, exploiting it ad nauseam. Since Gary Cooper on ‘The pride of the Yankees’ until Brad Pitt on ‘Moneyball’, here is a sample as varied as it is succulent of ‘strikes’ and ‘home runs’ on celluloid.
16. THE PRIDE OF THE YANQUES
– Título original: Pride Of The Yankees
– Year: 1942
– Protagonistas: Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright, Walter Brennan
It is a tribute to one of the great stars of the golden age of the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig, that a year before the premiere of the same died at the age of 37 a victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that today is known as ‘Gehrig’s disease’. There are many cameos from real players, like Babe Rut
Bob Meusel O Bill Dickey.
17. THE LAST BATTLE OF A PLAYER
– Título original: Bang The Drum Slowly
– Year: 1973
– Starring: Robert de Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Garcenia
Adaptation of a novel by Mark Harris, is a raw and tender friendship story between two teammates, one dim, clumsy and terminally ill and the other clever and brilliant.
18. THE PICARONES
-Título original: The Bad News Bears
-Protagonistas: Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal
An alcoholic trainer takes charge of a nefarious team of kids, made up of leftovers that no one wants. To turn the situation around, he recruits a girl who is a phenomenal pitcher and a mean gang member.
19. THE BEST
-Título original: The Natural
-Protagonistas: Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall
One of the essential titles of baseball cinema. A classic among the classics, it narrates the life journey of a young man gifted in this sport whose career is cut short as soon as he begins. He returns, already veteran and finished, to try his fortune again.
-Título original: Eight Men Out
-Protagonistas: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner
Dramatization of the famous ‘Black Sox scandal’ of 1919, when eight players from the squad of the Chicago White Sox, according to a group of bettors, they let themselves be won in the World Series.
21. MAJOR LEAGUE
-Título original: Major League
-Protagonistas: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen
The new owner of some Cleveland Indians In the midst of the crisis, he wants the team to finish last so that he can move the franchise to another city. But suddenly, players raise their level of play.
22. FIELD OF DREAMS
-Título original: Field Of Dreams
-Protagonistas: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta
Another of the jewels of today, it also has the scandal of the Black Sox of 1919 as the central axis, although this time as the imaginary of a protagonist of rural America captured by the omnipresence of his father, a baseball fan.
23. THEY GIVE THE HIT
– Título original: A League Of Their Own
– Year: 1992
– Protagonists: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna
During the World War II the Baseball League temporarily recruited women so as not to disappear for lack of level players, most of them in the army.
24. THE BUFFALOES OF DURHAM
– Título original: Bull Durham
– Year: 1998
– Protagonistas: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
Again Kevin Costner in the central role and again a good movie, which in this case is about the misadventures of a Minor League team from North Carolina with a peculiar love triangle in between.
– Original title: Hardball
– Year: 2001
– Protagonistas: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes
A gambler with debts tries to make money coaching a school team even though he hates children. An attractive teacher appears on the horizon to center him.
26. THE ROOKIE
– Título original: The Rookie
– Year 2002
– Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernández
Film based on the true story of Jim Morris, a failed player due to constant arm injuries who, at 35 and miraculously recovered, returns to the Major League.
27. SUGAR: RACE AFTER A DREAM (2009)
– Original title: Sugar
– Year 2008
– Starring: Algenis Pérez Soto, Michael Gaston, Karl Bury
The story of a Dominican player whose dream is to play the Major League and his journey from his home island to EE.UU., with all the personal problems that this entails.
28. MONEYBALL: BREAKING THE RULES
– Título original: Moneyball
– Year 2011
– Protagonistas: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
It tells the true story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, which in 2002 and due to the lack of budget, used advanced statistics to analyze and sign players.
29. EFFECT HIT
– Título original: Trouble With The Curve
– Year 2012
– Protagonistas: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake
An old ‘scouter’ of the Atlanta Braves Going blind tries to use arguments such as smell or instinct about the data to dismiss a promising prospect.
– Original title: 42
– Year 2013
– Protagonists: Chadwik Boseman, Harrison Ford, Andre Holland
A ‘biopic’ about the legendary figure of Jackie Robinson, the first player to break the racial barrier in the Major League and who was instrumental in renewing his sport.