Do you remember which actor played Ray Kinsella in "Field of Dreams," or why Roger was praying for the Angels to win the pennant in "Angels in the Outfield"? Remember the name of that terrifying dog in "The Sandlot"? If you know the answers to all of these questions, you might have what it takes to ace this baseball movies quiz!
Is it possible that baseball is the most cinematic of sports? We tend to think so. Baseball and film grew up together in the twentieth century, and there's no shortage of baseball-themed films to pick from. How well do you know your baseball movies? Read on, rookie.
Before television, a trip to the movies or the ballpark ranked among the most popular forms of entertainment. And Hollywood's obsession with baseball continues to this day, despite the fact that people have countless other ways to keep themselves busy. Sure, baseball itself has slipped in popularity as America's pastime, but millions of fans remain loyal to their favorite teams. In addition, baseball will always look good on the silver screen.
Think you can recognize the best baseball movies ever made from just a single image? Step up to the plate, slugger. This isn't the minors anymore. Grab your gear and take our quiz today!
Due to men heading off to fight in World War II, women's professional baseball leagues became popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The movie "A League of Their Own" was inspired by the real-life Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek, who is considered one of the best to have played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Dottie died in 2010 at the age of 84.
Arguably one of the most iconic baseball movies ever made, "Field of Dreams" tells the story of an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball diamond in his corn field. The film stars Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster in his final big-screen role.
"The Sandlot" is more than a baseball movie. This 1993 classic is the story of a group of young ballplayers who face it all together, from Wendy Peffercorn to the Beast to the Babe. Never seen it? You're killin' me, Smalls!
In 1984's "The Natural," Robert Redford stars as Roy Hobbs, an aging talent with a mystical baseball bat. Spoiler alert: The film ends very differently than the novel by author Bernard Malamud. If you're in the mood for sad tears, read the book. If you're in the mood for happy tears, watch the film.
In "The Bad News Bears," a group of misfits joins forces with a former bush league coach. One of the best things about this 1976 comedy gem is the documentary style it used. A good deal of the baseball sequences were shot handheld in order to achieve this effect.
"Eight Men Out" tells the scandalous true story of the Chicago White Sox players who took bribes to throw the World Series in 1919. Did you know? Director John Sayles plays real-life newspaper columnist Ring Lardner in the film.
"Major League" (1989) is one of the most popular and funny baseball movies of all time. Three years earlier, Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen had hit the big screen together as soldiers in Oliver Stone's 1986 war drama "Platoon."
Ty Cobb has a notorious personality and the movie "Cobb" perpetuates this, as a reporter hired to write Cobb's biography finds out. However, new reports and historians are beginning to second-guess the portrayal of Cobb.
We are accustomed to miracles when it comes to baseball, but actual heavenly intervention? Real angels step in to help a boy find a family in the movie "Angels in the Outfield." This 1994 staple from Disney stars Tony Danza, Danny Glover and Christopher Lloyd.
On April 15, 1997, Jackie Robinson's number 42 was retired by all Major League Baseball teams. Players wearing 42 were allowed to continue wearing it. The last player to wear 42 was Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees.
The Cubs may not have needed him to win the 2016 World Series, but 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner would have helped them out in 1993. Future 12-year-olds should know you can't be signed by a MLB team until you are 16 years old. Bummer!
Starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, 1988's "Bull Durham" tells the story of two minor league ballplayers who get romantically involved with the same woman. Director Ron Shelton also worked with Costner on 1996's "Tin Cup."
Based on a true story, Jim Morris, a high school teacher and baseball coach, agrees to try out for the pros if his team makes the playoffs. He ends up being brought up by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pitch against Texas. Pass the tissues, please.
John Goodman brought Babe Ruth to the big screen in 1992. Ruth was always known to be a big guy, but Goodman couldn't help but realize the irony in having to cut weight to portray the Sultan of Swat.
What a deal! Spend $30 million in 30 days in order to inherit $300 million? Comedy legends Richard Pryor and John Candy star in this oft-remade tale based on a 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon.
Controversy surrounds the real events of "Moneyball" - namely, does the process actually work? Some say not a chance. However, the real events of this story changed trades and scouting for baseball across the league.
You may have to be 16 years old to play for a baseball team, but how old do you have to be to own one? "Little Big League" (1994) tests the waters with a 12-year-old who inherits the Minnesota Twins.
Most people remember the Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire home run chase of 1998. But, before that, two great and very different sluggers had a chase of their own. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle had a similar run in the summer of '61 as they pursued Babe Ruth's record for home runs in a single season.
"Mr. Baseball" features Tom Selleck as a great player past his prime who ends up playing in Japan. Not too far-fetched a concept, MLB players have found extra innings playing overseas. The timeless Julio Franco, anyone?
The Indians are back at it. After a crazy and unexpected year, they are World Series contenders who have grown soft. While Wesley Snipes couldn't make it, Omar Epps stood in, or should be we say "pinch hit"?
Based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, 2005's "Fever Pitch" stars Jimmy Fallon as an obsessive Boston Red Sox fan. The original film from 1997 starred Colin Firth and was about soccer. Sorry. Football. We meant football.
Baseball fans can be a little crazy when it comes to their team. Some might be a little psychotic as seen in "The Fan." While Wesley Snipes had to deal with Robert DeNiro's antics in the film, he couldn't complain about his hitting coach, Cal Ripken, Jr.
"Talent for the Game" is about a scout who finds a powerhouse prodigy. Did you know? Director Robert M. Young later would direct actor Edward James Olmos in the television series "Battlestar Galactica."
In this 2004 comedy, Bernie Mac plays a retired ballplayer, who finds out he never actually reached his namesake 3,000 hits. At age 47, he goes back to the bigs. Angela Bassett and Paul Sorvino also star.
Gambling has destroyed the careers of players such as Pete Rose. But the consequence for Conor O'Neill is coaching a team in the middle of the Chicago projects. Fun fact! Look for a young Michael B. Jordan as Jamal.
"The Pride of the Yankees" follows one of America's most beloved heroes. It took the complications of ALS to take down Lou Gehrig at 2,130 straight baseball games, a record that would stand until Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it in 1995.
All baseball players are superstitious. Even the great Babe Ruth, who loses his bat. Lucky for him, a young boy is bent on getting the bat back to the Babe before the end of the World Series in 1932. This 2006 film also features the voice talents of Whoopi Goldberg and Ed Helms.
"For Love of the Game" depicts a retiring pitcher throwing one last game. Costner's love of baseball is well known, but this was a bit of a departure for horror auteur Sam Raimi.
In his only acting role, Jackie Robinson plays himself in 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story." The opening narration puts it perfectly: "This is the story of a boy and his dream. But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and a dream that is truly American."
In this remake of the 1976 version of "The Bad News Bears," Billy Bob Thornton takes on the role of alcoholic coach Buttermaker. Coming off the bench to direct was indie darling Richard Linklater.
David Spade, Jon Heder and Rob Schneider play three goofs who form a three-man team in order to take on kid baseball teams. The film was produced by Adam Sandler, and you'll remember director Dennis Dugan from other Sandler classics like "Happy Gilmore" and "Big Daddy."
Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a sports agents who travels to India to land a cricket bowler to pitch in the big leagues. Did you know? In real life, agent J.B. Bernstein represented baseball legend Barry Bonds.
Albert Brooks and Brendan Fraser star in this buddy comedy about a scout and his latest find. "The Scout" also gets to play homage with several winks to the original 1933 "King Kong."
Do you have that one moment where you wonder what your life would be like now if you'd done something differently? For Larry Burrows that one moment is missing the opportunity to hit a winning home run. No stranger to films with alternate timelines, Linda Hamilton ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day") also stars.
Based on the real-life events of Monty Stratton, the film follows the life of one of baseball's best pitchers, and his career after his leg was amputated. After losing his leg, Stratton moved to the minor leagues where he continued to pitch well into the 1950s.
In this 1996 comedy, Matt LeBlanc plays a minor league pitcher who has to room with the team's third baseman, a chimpanzee. In one scene, Ed the chimp watches a clip from "Friends" with Marcel the monkey. (Ah, the '90s.)
The knuckleball is considered the most unpredictable pitch in baseball, for the batter, catcher and even the pitcher. This film looks at a dying breed of pitcher and the pitch's effect on baseball.
The film follows baseball integration as Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson vie to be integrated into the major leagues. But when rookie Jackie Robinson is unexpectedly chosen, the two greats must find a way to deal with it.
This is the true story of coach Kent Stock who took over the coaching duties of a small town high school baseball team. And with Hollywood's Rudy (in real life, actor Sean Astin) playing a baseball coach, get ready for all the feels.
Clint Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout whose daughter travels with him to rebuild their relationship. Interestingly enough, close-ups of Clint Eastwood in a flashback were from the 1982 film, "Firefox."
Roger Dorn is back in the third installment of the "Major League" franchise. This time, he is the general manager of the Minnesota Twins and hires Gus Cantrell to coach a dysfunctional minor league team. By this film's release, the real Cleveland Indians had appeared in the real World Series in 1995 and 1997.
"Safe at Home!" is the story of a boy bragging that his dad knows baseball greats, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Sadly, this was the final big screen appearance of William Frawley, also known as Fred Mertz from television's "I Love Lucy."
The relationship between a pitcher and catcher is one of the closest and most-respected in all of sports. "Bang the Drum Slowly" is based on author Mark Harris's novel of the same name, which was picked as one of the 100 best books about sports by Sports Illustrated.
In this rare swing-and-a-miss from dramatist Neil Simon and director Hal Ashby, a singer and a baseball player hit some major league marital problems. Actor Rebecca De Mornay would appear in two other films in 1985, "The Trip to Bountiful" and "Runaway Train."
"The Perfect Game" is the true story of a Mexican team who stunned the world by winning 13 straight games and eventually had a perfect game in the Little League World Series. Director William Dear also helmed the "The Sandlot: Heading Home," the third in the franchise.
"Fear Strikes Out" is based on the story of ballplayer Jimmy Piersall and his struggle with mental illness. While the film's facts have been called into question, it does star cinema legends like Anthony Perkins and Karl Malden.