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Re: Baseball
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2015, 11:00:23 AM »
Can it be translated into Hockey or Curling stats? ;)

Nah, keep it going! This is a baseball marathon. People who speak baseball will know what's up! :)

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2015, 11:04:46 AM »
Please add OPS and fWAR for each movie.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2015, 11:16:39 AM »
Not a bummer, Corndog!  Teach us. I think a key at the beginning would be very helpful. Don't change a thing!
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2015, 12:15:40 PM »
Ratings Key

Hitting Stats
X - X = Hits - At Bats
1B = Single
2B = Double
3B = Triple
HR = Home Run
RBI = Runs Batted In
R = Runs
K = Strikeout
BB = Walk
SB = Stolen Base

Pitching Stats:
IP = Innings Pitched
ER = Earned Runs
K = Strikeouts
BB = Walks
CG = Complete Game
SHO = Shut out

Hopefully that helps!
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2015, 12:17:48 PM »
Please add OPS and fWAR for each movie.

I'll consider Base Runs, BABIP and Win Shares. No other sabermetrics please!  ;)
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2015, 12:50:49 PM »
Also, for non-baseball fanatics, the concept of the stat line rating came from the fact that there are 56 films in this marathon, 56 being the Major League record for hits in consecutive games, set by Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees. So with each film, I am collecting at least a hit in an attempt to match the hitting streak, if that makes sense. Some "games" (if you think of each movie as a game) will be better than others, and therefore have "better" stat lines.
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2015, 01:45:46 PM »
Really didn't want to rain on your parade, CD. These are cool so keep them coming. A little more enlightened I'm glad it isn't a cricket movie marathon you're doing!
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Re: Baseball
« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2015, 09:34:16 PM »
Game 3
The Stratton Story (Sam Wood, 1949)

Transport Sam Wood seven years into the future and give him the tragic, but courageous and inspiring, story of a baseball player not quite as good as Lou Gehrig and what you'll get is a newer movie from Sam Wood that's not quite as good as The Pride of the Yankees. But The Stratton Story is very much in the same vein as that film, and that is not at all to the detriment of this one. In many ways, mirroring the success of The Pride of the Yankees is a very smart path to take with the story of Monty Stratton, a Texas farm hand who was discovered playing the game for fun, only to become a Chicago White Sox and become a dominant American League pitcher. The difference between Stratton and Gehrig, however, is that what happens to Stratton is not terminal, as it is for Gehrig. Stratton faces an impossible hurdle to his career, but with the right support from his loving mother, and wonderful wife, Monty have the wherewithal to overcome anything for his passion for the game of baseball.

Once again, the lead casting is seemingly perfect for the part. James Stewart (my favorite all time actor) is the perfect kid down the street who just loves to play the game of baseball, humble beyond his impressive talent and eager to just have fun and support his family. It may not be one of his more memorable roles, or better performances, but Stewart's Stratton is endearing and loving all the same. And the chemistry he shares with June Allyson makes for a great on screen couple. Perhaps my favorite moment between the two is the scene where they close down the bar, not drinking, but dancing the night away. A truly loving and touching moment in the film (very reminiscent of the scene in The Pride of the Yankees when Lou and Ellie make sure each other doesn't need a "vacation" from each other; spoiler alert, they adorably don't).

The baseball star cameos aren't the greatest, which will likely be a common theme in this marathon (at least until we get to Junior in Little Big League  ;)). Jimmy Dykes in particular is rough as himself, the White Sox manager. But that aside, the film really is a warm story worth cheering for. The Stratton Story just seems to lack the luster and prestige of Pride, yet that hardly makes it a film not worth watching. The film world is full of films like this, the good to great films that are often overshadowed by the larger, better films that find themselves at the top of a genre, but when you look just below that cream at the top, there are a good number of really enjoyable, heartwarming stories worth spending time with.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2015, 10:31:09 PM »
I watched The Stratton Story for Stewart and June Allyson, who work so well together. I remember that closing down the bar scene as a favorite of mine too. There was the one big event but not enough drama in it to fill out the movie.

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Re: Baseball
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2015, 08:51:20 AM »
I watched The Stratton Story for Stewart and June Allyson, who work so well together. I remember that closing down the bar scene as a favorite of mine too. There was the one big event but not enough drama in it to fill out the movie.

Exactly. Not enough to chew on all the way through. Just a "nice" film is all.
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