Here are a three more good baseball movies I've forgotten about:
Summer Catch with Freddie Prinz Jr & Jessica Biel (Guilty Pleasure)
Hardball with Keanu Reeves & Diane Lane (get a big hankie)
Mickey with Henry Connick Jr
A League of Their Own trivia from The Internet Movie Database (IMDb):
Tom Hanks gained 30 pounds in preparation for his role. He attributed the weight he gained to a nearby Dairy Queen.
The characters at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and seen playing as
the credits roll, are real original players from the league portrayed
in the film.
All of the injuries and bruises that are seen in the film were real injuries that the actors received during filming.
The Peaches played at Beyer Stadium in Rockford, Illinois. No
place in Rockford could actually be used in the movie because of Beyer
Stadium's state of disrepair. It was eventually condemned, all that is
left of the stadium is the original archway and a sign about the
Actresses auditioning for the film had to prove they could play
baseball as well. All the actresses cast in the film apart from Geena
Davis did their own baseball stunts. None of the performers wanted
was one of the writers for this movie. His mother played in the league
portrayed in the movie. Also, Kelly's brother, Casey, was a major
league infielder from 1986 through 1997. His best season was 1991
(right before the movie was released) when he collected 121 hits and 50
RBI for the Houston Astros as their usual starting second baseman.
When Geena Davis joined the production only days before filming was due to start (she was a late replacement for Debra Winger),
she was somewhat disadvantaged in that the cast had been baseball
training for months beforehand. Davis's character was supposed to be
one of the greatest baseball players in America. Within weeks, however,
Davis had mastered the game and was regularly beating all her co-stars.
When announcing the game the Peaches announcer (David L. Lander)
uses the phrase "Oh Doctor!" during an exciting play. This phrase was
made popular by 1940s and 50s Brooklyn Dodgers announcer Red Barber.
For the famous split catch, Geena Davis had to have a stunt double slide into the split. Although Davis could do the splits, as shown, she couldn't slide into it.
During the filming of the World Series games, the stars would take
turns entertaining the unpaid extras. Tom Hanks would do puppet shows
over the dugout, Rosie O'Donnell did stand-up comedy and various actors
pretended to be Madonna and sang her songs after the singer balked at
performing for the fans.
The "strawberry" bruise that Renee Coleman received on her thigh while sliding into a base remained on her for over a year.
Lori Petty was, in reality, a faster runner than Geena Davis, and
had to act like she was running slower than Geena Davis and running at
Rockford Peaches home field in the movie was filmed in
Huntingburg, Indiana. The stadium was completely renovated and named
League stadium after the movie crews left. In the movie you can see a
barn in the background. The barn was actually only two-sided and
covered a water slide.
Although she is left-handed, Bitty Schram throws and bats right-handed in the film.
I would have to recommend watching The Final Season. It just recently came out on DVD, but it is a good baseball movie.
I remember watching Sandlot when I was younger and I really enjoyed it. I just had my children watch the movie and they also really like it, so it is a good movie that we can sit and watch together. The unfortunate part of the situation is that they can now almost recite every scene in the movie.
Several good ones mentioned but my most recent favorite would have to be Beer League. While it certainly appeals to a particular adult demographic, it is still quite funny.
I had a chance last week to catch a screening of a movie called The Perfect Game, due out in August. It's about the 1957 LLWS.
It has become my all-time favorite baseball movie.
You can see the trailer and check it out at the Lionsgate website-www.lionsgate.com
if only there were more good baseball movies to talk about. nothing better than the sandlot tho...just makes you feel like a kid again. as far as im concerned, there was never a third bad news bears. they never went to japan, you hear me. but the black horse baseball movie has to be little big league. its a classic, i swear. watch it again and tell me you didnt like that movie. its the rich mans rookie of the year; although you could never replace gary busey.
"It happens every spring" - now that's an oldie !!!
Of course, as a Red Sox Fan have to throw a vote in for "Fear Strikes Out" (of course, Perkins was much better in Psycho !!!).
SANDLOT is my favorite (brings back memories of playing with the neirborhood kids in the Sandlot at the end of our street).
Kids just don't do that anymore, and it's a shame.
Never could understand how it came to be called "SAND-lot"--------when I was a kid we played unorganized city ball on "DIRT-lots." "Sand" would of been an upgrade! Asphalt.... school yards, church parking lots, dead end streets/alleys, vacated commercial areas, were also an upgrade.
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