Baseball Takes Center Stage, In The Movies; In Books

Now that the Football season has ended after one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever, in which the Pittsburg Steelers out-dueled the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, baseball takes center stage once again.

Baseball is always on center stage, though, 365/24/7, for all of us who have a passion for our great American Pastime. But, now that the winter months are starting to fade away, and pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Flordia’s Grapefruit League or Arizona’s Cactus League in a couple of weeks, all baseball fans can not wait to see the sights of players throwing, hitting, and catching baseballs in Spring Training, marking the beginning of another new baseball season.

Leading up to the start of Spring Training, this is the perfect time of the year to watch some of the many great Baseball Movies that have been produced over the years. We all have our favorite baseball movies that we watch over and over again, but it seems, to me anyway, watching these movies at this time of the year takes on an even more special meaning.

So, with that said, the following is a list of: “My Favorite All-Time Baseball Movies” …

1. “Pride of the Yankees”  (1942) – My favorite baseball movie of all-time, which is the classic story about the life of the New York Yankees great, Hall of Fame, first baseman, the Yankees first “captain”, Lou Gehrig. The movie is about more than [just] Gehrig’s passion for baseball, as it also shows the great love Lou Gehrig had for his parents; and, is also a love story between Lou and his wife. Gary Cooper is great in this role as Lou Gehrig, “The Iron Horse”. In the movie, a “special bonus” is seeing Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel, and Mark Koeing, all Yankee greats, playing themselves in this classic flim. The movie also features Lou Gehrig’s famous “I’m The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth” farewell speech, that always brings tears to my eyes. The movie was directed by Sam Wood, and also stars, Teresa Wright, as Lou’s wife, and Walter Brennan, who plays a baseball writer, and close friend of Gehrig in the movie. This is a movie that I always looked forward to watching when I was a kid, when it was shown on T.V., back in the day, when we only had seven channels on our black and white television sets. Of course, the movie was filmed in black and white, but now it can be viewed on DVD on wide screen televisions. Either way, “The Pride of the Yankees” is an all-time classic, which always made me proud to be a New York Yankees fan, from the days I was a young child, just starting to follow baseball and the Yankees, to this present day.

2. “Field of Dreams”  (1989) – So many great things to love about this movie, especially, the inspiring speech by the James Earl Jones character, Terence Mann, towards the end of the movie, which sums up the game of baseball so perfectly. This movie inspired me to write my “Fields of Dreams” post, in January 2008, which is my favorite post of all the posts that I have written on my mlblog, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”. The movie, “Field of Dreams” is truly a magical viewing experience, directed by Phil Alden Robinson, from the W.P. Kinsella book. This classic baseball film feartures an all-star cast of: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta as “Shoeless Joe Jackson”, and Burt Lancaster as Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham. This movie will inspire everyone who watches it to search for their own “Field of Dreams”; and, also, inspire us to keep our passion for our great game of baseball always close to our hearts.

3. “Bull Durham”  (1988) – Fun movie that makes you feel like you are part of the fictional minor league team portrayed in the movie, the “Durham Bulls”. All the action, in this baseball comedy, surrounds Kevin Costner’s character, catcher, Crash Davis, trying to get hot-shot rookie pitcher, Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh, played by Tim Robbins, ready to pitch in the Major Leagues, while both are romanced by baseball groupie, Annie Savoy, played by Susan Sarandon. Many funny sceens in this classic baseball movie written and directed by Ron Shelton, that also includes in the excellent cast, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, and Max Patkin, “The Clown Prince of Baseball”, playing himself in the movie.

4. “The Natural”  (1984) – Very mystical story about a fictional baseball player, Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, who as a promising young pitcher becomes involves in a scandal that derails his career for 16 years. Then, he returns out of nowhere to fulfill his dream of playing baseball by signing with a 1930’s team that is in last place. Hitting with a bat that Hobbs himself made from a tree that was struck down to the ground by lighting, he leads his team to a final showdown that is different and more positive then the ending of the book, that will surely inspire and amaze the viewer every time the movie is seen. Also, it is fun to follow the love triangle of sorts between Hobbs, and the characters: Iris Gaines, Memo Paris, and Harriet Bird, played by: Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, and Barbara Hershey, that provides many interesting twists and turns throughout the movie. “The Natural” was directed by Barry Levinson, and also includes in the all-star cast, Robert Duvall, as sports writer, Max Mercy, Wilford Brimley, Richard Farnsworh, Robert Prosky, John Finnegan, Darren McGavin, as “gambler” Gus Sands, and Joe Don Baker playing “The Whammer”, a fictional “Babe Ruth” type player, who is part of one of the best sceens of the movie with Redford, Duvall, and Finnegan. The sceens and music in the movie will transform the viewer back to a romantic look at an earlier time of baseball and our country which is very special indeed.

5. “Eight Men Out”  (1988) – A trip back in time to the early days of baseball; and, also, a very sad time in baseball, as this movie re-creates the story of the infamous 1919 “Black Sox Scandal” in which the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. An excellent cast directed by John Sayles, that includes: D.B. Sweeney as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, David Strathairn as Eddie Cicotte, Michael Lerner as Arnold Rothstein, and John Anderson as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. “Eight Men Out” is a very entertaining and informative movie with fun music from that era, detailing a very sad time in baseball history. 

6. “A League Of Their Own”  (1992) – Another fun movie that brings us back to an earlier time in baseball that takes place during World War II, re-creating the story of the “Women’s Baseball League” that was formed during that time. The movie focuses on two sisters, Dottie Hinson played by Geena Davis, and Kit Keller played by Lori Petty, who are both scouted by Ernie Capadino, the Jon Lovitz character, to play in the AAPGL (All American Pro Girls League). A very nice movie directed by Penny Marshall, about a League that provided many baseball fans with entertainment during the war years, but was disbanded a short time after World War II ended. The music of that era is also fun to listen to in the movie. And, the excellent cast also includes: Tom Hanks as manager Jimmy Dugan; Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey, Owner of the League; David Strathairn as Ira Lowenstein, Head of the League; Madonna; and Rosie O’Donnell. 

7. “The Babe Ruth Story”  (1948) – William Bendix plays “The Babe” in this movie, directed by Roy Del Ruth, about Babe Ruth’s life. This is really not a great movie; but, it is about Babe Ruth, and was always a movie I looked forward  to watching on T.V. when I was a kid. There are some entertaining sceens in this black and white film, though, that includes an inspiring sceen towards the end of the movie of Babe Ruth hitting three homeruns in one of his final games, playing for the old Boston Braves, after leaving the New York Yankees. 

8. “Bang The Drum Slowly”  (1973) – Robert DeNiro in one of his first starring roles, plays a ballplayer dying of a terminal illness, but inspires his team throughout the season in this fictional tale. Good, but sad movie, directed by John D. Hancock, with Vincent Gardenia as the manager of the team. DeNiro gives a great performance in this movie. 

9. “Bad News Bears”  (1976) – The “original” and “best” of all the “Bad News Bears” movies directed by Michael Ritchie. A very funny movie starring Walter Matthau as the manager of the Little League team; and, also, starring, a very young Tatum O’Neal as the star pitcher and player on the team. Both give excellent performances, as do the other players on the team, in a movie that will make you want to be a kid again. 

10. “The Sandlot”  (1993) – Written and Directed by David M. Evans. A nice baseball story that will bring you back to your youth, again, to those great lazy days of summer, playing and talking about baseball with your family and friends, all day and all night long, throughout the whole summer. James Earl Jones and Karen Allen play special roles in this movie. And, there is a starring role by a surprise guest on the other side of the fence of the neighbors yard.

 

* Special Mention Goes Out To The Following Baseball Documentaries …

 

* “Baseball”  (1994)  –  Ken Burns’ classic 18-hour PBS documentary on the history of our “American Pastime”, the great game of Baseball. Much praise can be given about the greatness of this series. So, the best way to describe this outstanding work of art is to say, very simply, Ken Burns’ “Baseball” is one of the greatest productions in television broadcasting history, along with Burns’ other great works, “The Civil War” and “Jazz”.  

* “The Bronx Is Burning”  (2007)  –  “Excellent” eight-hour ESPN mini-series about the 1977 New York Yankees Championship season; but, also, much more, as the series details non-baseball events that took place in the Bronx and New York City during that very interesting year of 1977 … Including: the “Son of Sam” serial killings; the “blackout” in NYC that summer; the “violence” in the streets of the Bronx and NYC that year; the mayor’s race in 1977; and, of course, the Yankees 1977 World Series victory, highlighted by Reggie Jackson hitting three homeruns in Game Six of that series. Great performances by all who had roles in this mini-series. 

* “The Ghosts Of Flatbush”  (2007)  –  “Great” two-hour HBO documentary about the (1947-1957) Brooklyn Dodgers. Many excellent details about the team and players during that great era in New York Baseball history, including: the famous 1951 playoff game against the New York Giants; the many World Series’ that the Brooklyn Dodgers played against the New York Yankees; and reasons and events that led to the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles. The old film clips and pictures in this documentary bring back many great memories for all baseball fans to enjoy from probably the greatest era in baseball history. 

 

And, of course, we do not have to limit ourselves to watching only baseball movies during this period of time before spring training starts. There are two new baseball books that were released today, Tuesday, February 3, 2009, that I really look forward to reading …

* “Confessions of a She-Fan” by fellow mlblogger, Jane Heller

* “The Yankee Years” by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci   

 

So, those are my favorite “Baseball Movies” and “Baseball Documentaries”; and, new “Baseball Books” I look forward reading … 

What are Your Favorites ???

 

Everybody, Have A Great Day !!!

Jimmy Curran, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”     

 

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38 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Hi Jimmy – I just watched Bull Durham this past weekend! All the movies you listed are great – I really love “A League of their Own” and “Field Of Dreams” – I’ll have to try and watch those two before the season starts. I have both Jane’s book (which I have started!) and Torre’s book. Nothing like a good book on another snowy day here in the Boston Area! I also love songs that remind me of baseball. When I was walking today (with all the other folk in the local mall – to cold & snowy to be outside!) I heard on my mp3 player the song “Right Field” by Peter, Paul & Mary. It is about a little boy who has to play right field on his little league team – he’s not very good – but then he ends up making “the big play”. Baseball is like that – you never know who will be the one to make the big play in a game. Anyone can be the star that day! The equipment truck leaves Friday from Fenway to go to Florida! I can’t wait. Have a great day Jimmy!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. xcicix

    I personally thought Eight Men Out was boring…and I haven’t seen your #3, 7, or 8. Or any of the documentaries…
    my favorite baseball book is “Summer of 98” by Mike Lupica…it’s really interesting to read now that the steroid stuff is out there.
    I like your blog!
    http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

  3. Jane Heller

    I agree on your #1 movie, Jimmy. “Pride of the Yankees” is my all-time favorite. I was glad to read today that MLB is teaming up with the ALS Foundation to sponsor Lou Gehrig Days in July to raise money for the disease. Another one I’d add to your list is “61,” the TV movie that Billy Crystal produced about Mantle and Maris. And thanks for mentioning my book. Pretty nice company to be in!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    I always enjoy watching baseball movies anytime of the year, especially, as we get closer to each new Baseball season … When I was growing up as a kid, I always looked forward to watching the “Pride of the Yankees” and “The Babe Ruth Story” on T.V. because they were movies about two great Yankee players, and, also, they were pretty much the only baseball movies that were shown on television at the time … So, it’s great that many more baseball movies have been made since than, especially, in the 1980’s and 1990’s !!! … Julia, we also had another snow storm here in the Bronx, so I didn’t get a chance to go to Barnes & Noble yeasterday … But, I plan on going today to purchase Jane’s and Joe Torre’s books, and def look forward to reading both books !!! … Also, like you said, Julia, the great thing about baseball, is: “you never know who will be the one who will make the big play in the game; and, anyone can be the star in the game” !!! … We always see things in baseball games that we have never seen before” !!! … So, enjoy watching those baseball movies over and over, and, also, listening to baseball songs … Before we all know it, “Spring Training” will be here !!! … Take care, Julia; and, enjoy reading the books !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  5. pinstripepride3

    I love Pride of the Yankees! Great movie. If you haven’t seen the 61* movie that Jane mentioned, I would strongly recommend it. I may actually rate that one as my favorite.

  6. raysrenegade

    “Bang the Drum Slowly” was one of those movies unless you are a baseball fan, you have never heard of it before.
    And Robert De Niro did an awesome job with the part.

    “Pride of the Yankees” has to be on everyone’s list of all time baseball movies or the list is B S. Gary Cooper in the part was a great pick because of his similarities to Lou Gehrig.

    But you know a movie that no one every mentions on their list is “Strategic Air Command” with Jimmy Stewart as a washed up ball player who becomes a pilot. It was filmed on the St Louis Cardinals practice fields and at Al Lang Field in St Petersburg, Florida for all the baseball scenes.

    Awesome list and some really great choices in films.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  7. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, xcicix …

    Thanks for your visit, and kind words about my blog !!! … If you have the new MLB Network, you can watch the Ken Burns “Baseball” series, as it is a featured program on Tuesday nights (8-10 p.m. est.) … Also, the other documentaries are on DVD, so maybe at some point in the future you will be able to watch them !!! … It’s interesting, reagarding all movies, sometimes the more I watch a movie, I start to like the movie more and more … So, maybe if you watched “Eight Men Out” a few more times you will find some different things you like about the movie [ I like the music in the movie, as I think it makes it more fun to watch] … Anyway, that’s why movies are so great — we all have are own favorites !!! … So, if you get a chance, check-out the other movies on the list; and, I will have to check-out the book you mentioned, “Summer of ’98”, which I have not yet read but it does sound like an interesting read !!! … Thanks again for your visit; I will will also visit your mlblog, soon !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  8. jimmy27nyy

    “Special Thanks” to all who have visited my blog, and offered comments and thoughts in the above comment section for my above post !!! … At this time, I am on my way to Barnes & Noble to purchase Jane’s “Confessions of a She-Fan” book; and, also, the Joe Torre book !!! … I will be back in a few hours, and will offer responses to all comments, later on today !!! … As always, I appreciate all your kind words, comments, and thoughts; and, always look forward to everyone who visits my mlblog !!! … Thanks again; Have A Great Day !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] BY&L, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, King of Cali …

    Thanks for the visit !!! … If you get a chance, watch the movie “Pride of the Yankees” … It really is a classic movie about the Yankees great “Hall of Fame” first baseman, Lou Gehrig !!! … Gary Cooper plays the role of Gehrig perfectly in a movie that is very special … Also, Babe Ruth plays himself in the movie — so, that is an added bonus, seeing “The Babe” in this great film !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L”

  10. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Emily …

    Yeah, Bull Durham is a “classic” movie with many funny sceens … I always watch this movie when it’s on cable !!! … I have to check-out the books you recommended, but, first, I will be reading the Joe Torre book, and Jane’s “Confessions of a She-Fan” book. Emily, Thanks for the visit !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L”

  11. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Elizabeth …

    I enjoy all the movies and documentaries on my above list, and I’m sure you will also enjoy watching all of them … I hope you get a chance to see the movies that you have not seen yet !!! … Yes, watching baseball movies is the perfect way to get ready for “Spring Training” !!! … Take care, Elizabeth !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L”

  12. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jane …

    Great to hear that “Pride of the Yankees” is also your all-time favorite baseball movie … It truly is a classic movie; and, Gary Cooper was perfect in the role of Lou Gehrig !!! … It’s great to also hear that MLB will have Lou Gehrig days throughout baseball this year to raise money for the ALS Foundation … This is a great cause, and I didn’t see that report yet, so thanks for the info !!! … And, regarding the movie 61* — I have only seen this movie a couple of times, and I thought Billy Crystal did a nice job directing the movie, with very close attention to the details of Yankee Stadium and other parts of the film !!! … I did consider 61* for my list, and I would rank this movie probably at #12 on my list, in between, #11 “The Rookie”, and #13 “The Babe” [with John Goodman playing Babe Ruth, in another movie about Ruth that was not that great, but was entertaining in some parts] … Jane, I guess, I have to watch the movie 61* a few more times to appreciate it a little more !!! … Thanks for the visit !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L”

  13. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, pinstripepride3 …

    I have always enjoyed watching the “Pride of the Yankees” since I was a kid … It is a classic portrayal of the great Lou Gehrig !!! … Regarding the movie 61*, well, like I said in my above comments to Jane, I did see the movie a couple of times, and, in my view, would rank the movie 61* at #12 on my list … I really need to see the movie a few more times to appreciate it more; but, I do think, Billy Crystal did an excellent job directing the movie !!! … That’s the great thing about movies, there were so many excellent movies made, that we can all have our favorites !!! … Thanks for the visit !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” — Baseball, The Yankees, and Life

  14. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Rays Ranegade …

    Thanks for your visit, and also excellent comments !!! … “Pride of the Yankees” is an all-time classic, and like you said, “has to be on everyone’s list” !!! … It is the first baseball movie I remember seeing as a kid, and I have enjoyed it all these years [Pride of the Yankees will always be my favorite] … Gary Cooper was the perfect choice to play the great Lou Gehrig in this film !!! … And, Robert De Niro was perfect in his role in “Bang the Drum Slowly”, another classic baseball movie !!! … Finally, I have never seen the Jimmy Stewart movie, “Strategic Air Command” — so, I look forward to checking-it out. Thanks for mentioning this movie !!! … Take care !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L”

  15. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Kaybee …

    “The Rookie” is a very inspirational movie, and I enjoy watching it very much !!! … I did consider the movie for my list, and actually would rank “The Rookie” #11 on the list … That’s the great thing about movies, we can all have our favorites !!! … Thanks for your visit; and, “Congratulations” on also being listed on the new mlblog Fan “Leader’s List” at #36 !!! … I look forward to your dedication in honor of your ranking number !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L” — Baseball, The Yankees, and Life

  16. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Happy …

    “Major League” is a very funny movie !!! … I did consider it; but, I have only seen it a few times, so, that’s why I would rank “Major League” at #15 on my list, just behind #14 “The Final Season” … But, that’s the great thing about movies, there were so many great movies made that we can all have our favorites !!! .. Thanks for the visit !!! Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L” — Baseball, The Yankees, and Life

  17. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Julia …

    “Congratulations”, again, on moving to the top of the new “Leader’s List” !!! … You really earned the “number one” spot, and deserve this great honor !!! … Also, excellent dedication in honor of “Hall of Fame” Red Sox second baseman, #1 Bobby Doerr !!! … Way to Go, Julia !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  18. rockymountainway

    All great movies Jimmy. I loved Major League too as it’s always worth a good laugh. I still break out lines from the Sandlot too. You’re killing me smalls. There should be a baseball movie marathon somewhere. People can go and spend a weekend relaxing watching some great baseball flicks and swapping stories.
    tom
    http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

  19. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Tom …

    Yeah, there are so many great baseball movies that have been made over the years, and I always try to watch these movies when they are featured on cable, or, on tape, or DVD at different times throughout the year !!! … I like your idea about having a “baseball movie marathon” !!! … That would be a great weekend “baseball movie festival” for baseball fans to attend, like you said, “relaxing watching some great baseball flicks and swapping stories.” … Spring Training will be starting next week, so we will all have live baseball action to watch very soon … This is always a very special time of the year .. Take care, Tom; and, enjoy your baseball road trip !!! .. Jimmy[27NYY]

  20. rrrt

    Some great movies on your list! I definitely agree with “Bull Durham”, “A League of Their Own”, and “Field of Dreams”. My kids love “The Sandlot”. They also enjoy “Rookie of The Year” – silly, but fun. I’ve also enjoyed “Fever Pitch”, and on the book side of it, “The Big Bam” and “Luckiest Man”, biographies of Ruth and Gehrig, respectively. I’ll have to check out some of the movies I haven’t seen yet.
    Sue
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  21. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Sue …

    Thanks for the visit, and, also, great comments !!! … The great thing about baseball movies is that we can enjoy these movies when we are kids, and continue to enjoy them all through our lives; and, watching these movies, brings me back to my youth, and makes me feel like a kid again !!! … That’s why I like the movies “The Sandlot”; and, also, the “Bad News Bears”, so much — they bring me back to my early days as a kid hanging out with my friends, playing and talking about baseball all summer long [very similar to some of the sceens in these movies] … All baseball movies are fun to watch, especially the classics; and, yes I have seen the movie, “The Rookie of the Year” a couple of times, and there are some funny sceens in the movie … I have never seen “Fever Pitch”, though. So, I will check-it out when it is on cable !!! … Also, I haven’t read [yet] the two books you mentioned in your above comments, about Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig … But, I know both books received excellent reviews, and I look forward to reading them this year! .. Sue, thanks again for your visit; and, best wishes and good luck with your new blog !!! … Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L”

  22. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Babu …

    Yes, I have seen your dedications to your #42 ranking on the latest “Leader’s List”, in honor of both: Jackie Robinson and Mariano Rivera; and, both, are excellent choices for your dedication !!! … Also, thanks, for including my name and blog in your “Dedication Post” !!! … It is a honor to be part of your dedications in honor of two of the greatest players in baseball history !!! … Babu, thanks for your visit; and, continue your excellent work on your mlblog !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  23. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Cob …

    I don’t know why, but I have only seen parts of the movie “For The Love Of The Game” only a couple of times … So, I never really seen the whole movie during one viewing !!! … But, it stars Kevin Costner, and I know it has a great plot, so I will def make a point to check-out, and watch this whole movie, the next time it is on Network TV or cable !!! … Thanks for the visit, and comments !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  24. iliveforthis

    Jimmy! I was coming back to mention “For The Love of the Game” and was going to ask you about it because it was on the other night, but it was like at midnight, and I ended up falling asleep watching it. Since it didn’t make your list, I was going to ask you if you would recommend it. But I see now that you haven’t seen the whole thing either. And I love Kevin Costner, I always wonder what would happen if he took the baseball route.
    Emily
    http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

  25. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Bob … Thanks for the visit !!!

    “Field of Dreams” is a classic all-time great movie; and, very inspirational !!! … It is good to hear that it is your favorite baseball movie !!! … I never read the Big Papi book, but will check it out the next time I am in a bookstore !!! … Great comments !!! … I will be sure to stop by your blog for a visit, soon !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  26. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, bryanv21 …

    Yeah, I did consider the movie “Major League”, but like I said in response to some above comments, I have only seen the movie a few times and would rank it #15 on my list !!! … Still, not a bad ranking, as “Major League” is a very funny movie with some great scenes !!! … Thanks for the visit and your comments, Bryan !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  27. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Emily …

    Great point about Kevin Costner … In all his roles in baseball movies, he always had the look of a real major league ballplayer, and probably would have been a good player if he continued his baseball career when he was young !!! …… Regarding the movie, “For The Love Of The Game”, another starring role for Costner, yeah, like I said in some above comments to Cob about the movie, for some reason,”I don’t know why, but I have only seen parts of the movie only a couple of times.” … But, I def look forward to watching the movie in its entirety the next time I notice it on TV or cable !!! … Too bad I missed the movie the other night — I didn’t know it was on TV at that time !!! … Anyway, thank you for your visit and comments, Emily !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

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