Contact Us

10 Baseball Movies for MLB Opening Day

Top 9 Baseball Movies

The grass is just a little bit greener, the hot dogs and pretzels smell just a little bit tastier and, despite what the thermometer outside may say, it always feels just a bit warmer. Welcome to Major League Baseball’s Opening Day for the 2014 season!

America’s favorite pastime starts up again this week and here are nine movies to get you into the spirit of baseball.



‘Bang the Drum Slowly’ – 1973


Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty star in this superbly crafted film about the unlikely friendship between two baseball players. It’s a touching movie without being overly-gushy and keeps the everyday sports fan interested throughout the film.


‘Pride of the Yankees’ – 1942


Gary Cooper portrays legendary Yankee Lou Gehrig in this touching black-and-white classic.


‘The Rookie’ – 2002


Dennis Quaid portrays former major league pitcher Jim Morris, who got a second chance at becoming a Major League Baseball player. After taking a teaching job, Morris goes for a try out with the upstart Tampa Bay Devil Rays at age 35.


‘A League of Their Own’ – 1992


Tom Hanks and Geena Davis do a great job telling the story of the first female pro ballplayers during Word War II. With the war threatening to shut down Major League Baseball, a new league is created by Cubs owner Walter Harvey to make money. Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna also have supporting roles in this film.


‘Bull Durham’ – 1988


Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help up-and-coming pitching prospect “Nuke” Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie Savoy sets her sights on the two men.


‘The Bad News Bears’ – 1976


Walter Matthau is at his absolute best as the grumbling beer-guzzling former minor league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits loosely called a team.


‘Major League’ – 1989


This is a hysterical comedy about the Cleveland Indians putting a team of ‘has-beens’ and ‘never-will-bes’ together in hopes of being bad enough to move the team to a  warmer climate.


‘The Sandlot’ – 1993


The film is told from the perspective of Scott ‘Scotty’ Smalls, as he looks back on the summer of 1962. Smalls moves with his mother and stepfather Bill, to a new neighborhood outside Los Angeles. One afternoon, he decides to follow a group of neighborhood boys, and he watches them play a game at a small field, which they call the ‘Sandlot.’ It’s a great movie about of young boys bonding over baseball.


‘The Natural’ – 1984


The film, like the book it’s based on, recounts the experiences of Roy Hobbs, portrayed by Robert Redford, an individual with great natural baseball talent. It spans decades of his success — and his suffering. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close). It also earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Kim Basinger at the Golden Globes.


‘Field of Dreams’ – 1989


Kevin Costner stars as Ray Kinsella, who, while working through an Iowa cornfield, here’s a voice whisper, “If you build it, they will come.” Ray decides that he is going to build a baseball field over his corn. The film reminds all of us the importance of just how much a game of catch between father and son can really mean.


Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Loyal Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Loyal Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.