If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve probably had February 26th circled on your calendar since last November – Spring Training starts tomorrow! Our family makes an annual trip to Arizona to take in Spring Training games, and we’re all very excited to watch our favorite teams warm up for the start of another year. My daughter Annabel is beyond excited about baseball this year (yay!) so I’ve been showing her some movies as a special treat. Batter up! Here are seven family-friendly baseball movies to get you in the spirit:
~The Rookie (G)
This movie starring Dennis Quaid makes me cry EVERY TIME. Based on the true story of high school science teacher Jim Morris, who after years away from the game finally realized his dream of pitching in the major leagues. It’s the perfect movie to show your kids to never give up on their dreams.
~Rookie of the Year (PG)
Kids will love watching a movie about a 12-year-old (future American Pie star Thomas Ian Nicholas) pitching in the big leagues, and you’ll love watching Gary Buesey try to act like a normal human being.
~Litte Big League (PG)
If your kids liked rookie of the year they’ll like this one, too. It’s about a boy who becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins. My daughter tells us all the time she wants to manage the Dodgers!
~Field of Dreams (PG)
This classic stars Kevin Costner as a man who, after hearing “If you build it, he will come,” builds a baseball diamond in his corn field. In addition to being an amazing film, it has a father-son story that will move you and your kids.
~The Sandlot (PG)
Kids will relate to the main character Scotty, who isn’t the best at baseball but works hard to get better. It’s also really fun, with a great cast of kid characters.
~Eight Men Out (PG)
This movie chronicles the cheating scandal of the 1919 “Black Sox,” and is a terrific way to teach kids about right and wrong. It’s also incredibly well-done, and stars a young John Cusack (one of my faves).
~Bad News Bears (PG)
Okay, so maybe the bad news bears aren’t the best role models, but they sure are funny. Walter Matthau is at his best.