It’s Opening Day for our beloved Red Sox. And, although it may not be the wildly popular sport it once was, there is something so beautifully romantic about baseball. It’s personal, it’s intimate and it’s in the heart of America’s history. From the Civil War to civil rights, the 2013 Red Sox “Boston Strong” World Series win following the darkness of the Marathon bombings, to modern day mathmatics applied and superbly communicated in the movie, Moneyball. As James Earl Jones so eloquently said as his character Terrance Mann in Field of Dreams, “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.”
Baseball has our heart, which is why so many movies have been made on the subject. What are the best baseball movies? Let’s get some expert assistance to break it down.
MLB ranked the 25 best baseball movies last year, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite of those here, in no particular order.