The Sandlot Turns 20, Plus 9 Other Celebrations of Baseball on the Big Screen!

the-sandlotThe Major League Baseball season is in full swing (see what I did there?) and there is no better way to celebrate when your favorite team isn’t playing than kicking back with a late-summer, 20th anniversary viewing of The Sandlot.

Yes, I said 20 years. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been saying “You’re killing me, Smalls” on every vaguely appropriate occasion for two whole decades, but it’s true. (There is just no better way to tell someone you just can’t handle what they’re telling you, in my opinion. Thanks, Ham.)

Most of The Sandlot’s cast is on a reunion tour that has taken them across the country since the spring. There are a few dates left in the Midwest and California until they wrap up in Georgia in September. And if you’re really feeling nostalgic, you can pick up a 20th anniversary limited edition pair of P.F. Flyer sneakers, if you’re in the mood to play a few innings in a Sandlot shoe.

Say it with me:

“Killing me, Smalls.”

Once you’ve caught up with The Sandlot crew again, there are plenty of baseball films left to keep you and your family occupied until the World Series. I’m sharing nine innings worth of them with you, in fact, and they’re all my favorite.

Take me out to the ball game, indeed.

  • Moneyball 1 of 9

    If you've never thought of going anywhere near a sports film, or baseball isn't your bag, watch Moneyball anyway. Based on Michael Lewis's novel of the same name, the film takes us through Oakland A's manager Billy Beane's attempt to win the World Series with a limited budget, no star players, and a creative approach to game play. Fascinating, and Brad Pitt brings it. 

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  • Fever Pitch 2 of 9

    Sometimes you just have to have fun, and if Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon can't help in this movie, we might have an emergency. 

    If you're a Sox fan, you may already own the special Red Sox edition of the DVD. Yes, really, it's that serious. Check it out if you'd like to see whether Fallon's character -- a lifelong fan -- chooses his devotion to the baseball team or his new girlfriend, played by Drew, of course. 

    Three guesses who wins (but it's fun finding out.) 

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  • The Natural 3 of 9

    As a teenager, Redford's character Roy Hobbs dreams of baseball stardom. His path is non-traditional, and makes for an inspiring and engrossing story. 

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  • The Rookie 4 of 9

    Based on Jim Morris's memoir of the same name, The Rookie follows his path from prospective baseball star, to teacher, father and coach, and back again. 

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  • The Bad News Bears 5 of 9

    What '70s kid didn't love The Bad News Bears? (Or was that just me?) Walter Matthau plays an unlikely little league coach, Tatum O'Neal was the first girl pitcher I'd ever seen, and that was my first impression of baseball. 

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  • A League of Their Own 6 of 9

    Madonna. Rosie. Geena Davis. Tom Hanks. An all-female baseball team. 


    "There's no crying in baseball!" may be all that some people remember from this movie, and in that case, it's worth a rewatch for sure. SO many great moments.

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  • Eight Men Out 7 of 9

    This drama with a great ensemble cast tells the true story of the Chicago White Sox throwing the 1919 World Series. John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, and D.B. Sweeny star as players who chose to either go along with it, or to stand up for playing fair and square. 

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  • Bull Durham 8 of 9

    Bull Durham took us to the minor leagues, where Susan Sarandon's character, Annie, picks a rookie on her local team to "coach" each season. Veteran ballplayer Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner, has second thoughts about passing on her offer, and you can probably guess where it goes from there. 

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  • Field of Dreams 9 of 9

    If you've seen only one baseball movie, it may well be Field of Dreams.

    "If you build it, they will come." 

    Enough said, right? 

    Based on W.P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe, this fantasy focuses on Kevin Costner's character, a farmer, hearing a voice that tells him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. When he does, players come to visit, if only in his mind. The film has become a classic, and the baseball diamond in Dyersville, Iowa, is open to the public. (You can even visit it virtually if a trip to the Midwest isn't in your future.) 

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