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« on: May 08, 2015, 01:13:09 PM »
Baseball being my favorite sport and pastime, I have never actually done a baseball marathon, so I thought the time was ripe for such an occasion. I have collected 56 titles for this marathon, some of which I have seen (titles in italics), and others I have not. I am very excited to work my way through this great list of movies and spend even more time with the sport I love. It will probably be a gradual marathon, which I plan on working through chronologically and christening with Ken Burns' Baseball documentary mini-series.


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The Pride of the Yankees (Sam Wood, 1942)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Busby Berkeley, 1949)
The Stratton Story (Sam Wood, 1949)
It Happens Every Spring (Lloyd Bacon, 1949)
The Jackie Robinson Story (Alfred E. Green, 1950)
Kill the Umpire (Lloyd Bacon, 1950)
Angels in the Outfield (Clarence Brown, 1951)
The Pride of St. Louis (Harmon Jones, 1952)
The Kid From Left Field (Harmon Jones, 1953)
I Will Buy You (Masaki Kobayashi, 1956)
Fear Strikes Out (Robert Mulligan, 1957)
Damn Yankees (George Abbott & Stanley Donen, 1958)
Safe at Home! (Walter Doniger, 1962)
Bang the Drum Slowly (John D. Hancock, 1973)
The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie, 1976)
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (John Badham, 1976)                             
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (Michael Pressman, 1977)
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (John Berry, 1978)
The Natural (Barry Levinson, 1984)
The Slugger's Wife (Hal Ashby, 1985)
Long Gone (Martin Davidson, 1987)
Bull Durham (Ron Shelton, 1988)
Eight Men Out (John Sayles, 1988)
Major League (David S. Ward, 1989)
Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
The Babe (Arthur Hiller, 1992)
A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992)
Mr. Baseball (Fred Schepisi, 1992)
The Sandlot (David M. Evans, 1993)
Rookie of the Year (Daniel Stern, 1993)
Major League II (David S. Ward, 1994)
Little Big League (Andrew Scheinman, 1994)
Angels in the Outfield (William Dear, 1994)
The Scout (Michael Ritchie, 1994)
Cobb (Ron Shelton, 1994)
Soul of the Game (Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 1996)
The Fan (Tony Scott, 1996)
Major League: Back to the Minors (John Warren, 1998)
For Love of the Game (Sam Raimi, 1999)
61* (Billy Crystal, 2001)
Hardball (Brian Robbins, 2001)
The Rookie (John Lee Hancock, 2002)
Battlefield Baseball (Yudai Yamaguchi, 2003)
Mr 3000 (Charles Stone III, 2004)
Game 6 (Michael Hoffman, 2005)
Fever Pitch (Bobby & Peter Farrelly, 2005)
The Sandlot 2 (David M. Evans, 2005)
Bad News Bears (Richard Linklater, 2005)
The Sandlot: Heading Home (William Dear, 2007)
Sugar (Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden, 2008)
The Perfect Game (William Dear, 2010)
Moneyball (Bennett Miller, 2011)
Trouble with the Curve (Robert Lorenz, 2012)
42 (Brian Helgeland, 2013)
Million Dollar Arm (Craig Gillespie, 2014)
Baseball (Ken Burns, 1994)
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  • Baseball
  • The Sandlot
  • Bull Durham
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Natural
  • The Bad News Bears (1976)
  • The Pride of the Yankees
  • Moneyball
  • Sugar
  • A League of Their Own
  • Major League
  • I Will Buy You
  • Battlefield Baseball
  • Little Big League
  • Bang the Drum Slowly
  • 61*
  • 42
  • Soul of the Game
  • Mr 3000
  • The Phenom
  • Long Gone
  • The Kid From Left Field
  • Angels in the Outfield (1950)
  • The Stratton Story
  • Fever Pitch
  • The Rookie
  • For Love of the Game
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Eight Men Out
  • The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
  • Fastball
  • Cobb
  • The Perfect Game
  • Safe at Home!
  • Kill the Umpire
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • Major League II
  • The Jackie Robinson Story
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Trouble with the Curve
  • Hardball
  • Major League: Back to the Minors
  • Angels in the Outfield (1994)
  • Damn Yankees!
  • Fear Strikes Out
  • Bad News Bears (2005)
  • It Happened in Flatbush
  • Alibi Ike
  • The Babe
  • The Scout
  • The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
  • The Sandlot 2
  • The Pride of St. Louis
  • Game 6
  • Mr. Baseball
  • The Winning Team
  • The Slugger's Wife
  • It Happen's Every Spring
  • The Fan
  • The Sandlot: Heading Home
  • The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

Supplemental
Alibi Ike (Ray Enright, 1935)
It Happened in Flatbush (Ray McCarey, 1942)
The Winning Team (Lewis Seiler, 1952)
Fastball (Jonathan Hock, 2016)
The Phenom (Noah Buschel, 2016)
« Last Edit: January 12, 2017, 01:45:43 PM by Corndog »
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2015, 01:42:21 PM »
Interesting that there's nothing from the 60s. I blame Roger Maris.

edit: Is Los pequeños gigantes available? I want to see it. Reminds me of another documentary I can recommend, but I'll have to think a bit to remember the name... Found it. Saw it at a festival, though. Not sure it ever got released.

edit: Oh, and Charlie Brown's All Stars!, which I assume is better than Safe at Home!.

edit: Netflix has the DVD for Small Ball: A Little League Story.

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« Last Edit: May 08, 2015, 01:50:05 PM by pixote »
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2015, 01:45:26 PM »
Make sure that you get Baseball:The Tenth Inning by Ken Burns too (I assume you're counting that in the 1994 version). Otherwise you don't get a Ken Griffey Jr. chapter.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2015, 02:15:19 PM »
I'm intentionally leaving off documentaries for no good reason really (with the exception at the end). And yes, I will be including the Tenth Inning. Will probably buy the set when I'm ready for it in this marathon.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2015, 02:19:38 PM by Corndog »
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2015, 07:37:35 PM »
What a cool marathon, some great titles you will enjoy in there (COBB, EIGHT MEN OUT) and a few silly, but ones I like (MR. BASEBALL, THE SCOUT).  Should be lots of fun.  If you did include docus, A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER is excellent.
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2015, 09:59:02 PM »
Kobayashi's I Will Buy You
Reposting this with my own recommendation. As a movie, I'm mixed on it but for a Marathon like this I would say it's Essential. You should watch it right before or right after The Scout.

Also, Arthur Hiller's The Babe is a horrible film. Not because it's inaccurate (which doesn't bother me), it's just poor filmmaking.

I'm going to make a prediction that your favorite from your list that you haven't seen yet will be Eight Men Out.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2015, 10:20:36 AM »
With the addition of I Will Buy You, I have decided to take Summer Catch out. 56 titles just seems like too perfect a number for a baseball marathon.
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 01:11:42 PM »
I probably got this thread up and going a little too soon, but I do now have The Pride of the Yankees from the library, so I should get going within the week.
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 01:13:21 PM »
Excited to follow along.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 01:21:19 PM »
Corndog, I think I have that movie in my cupboard. I'd like to watch it too!

I echo pixote - I'm also looking forward to your marathon. :)
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