If baseball is the game you love, and you’re anything like the team here at Firstbasecoach.com, you cannot get enough baseball. We live it, breathe it and of course watch it whenever we can. Watching baseball further extends to the big screen where over the past 25 years; we have been introduced to many classics films. Ranging from family titles to slap stick comedy, baseball movies have typically found success in North America compared to other sport related films.
Based in the 1960’s, Scotty Smalls has moved to the neighborhood with his mom and new stepdad. Wanting to learn the game of baseball, he meets the boys from the local sandlot where baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing to teach him the aspects of America’s favorite pastime. The boys of the Sandlot fall into an adventure
involving a snooty rival baseball team, treehouse sleep-ins and a menacing beast beyond the fence at the sandlot.
One of our personal favorites and a classic growing up, the Sandlot has stood the test of time. Made over 20 years ago, families are still enjoying the Sandlot on DVD today.
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”no” align=”right” asin=”B0060ZJ7BC” cloaking=”no” height=”160″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”no” new_window=”yes” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51P5JcKqbeL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”111″]Moneyball[/easyazon_image]Brad Pitt stars in the true story of Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics who changed the way professional baseball teams value their players. Handicapped with the one of the lowest salary constraints in the league, Billy Beane recruits a hotshot statistical analyser who helps Billy identify players who are extremely underrated by other teams. The biggest challenge however isn’t the opponent on the diamond but the opponents internally who don’t understand the new way of valuing players.
It’s a movie about doing more with less and Brad Pitt totally nails his role as Billy Beane. Made in 2011, Moneyball is an instant classic and is obviously still relevant to this day.
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”no” align=”left” asin=”B0007LLPXI” cloaking=”no” height=”160″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”no” new_window=”yes” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61QO7ajiIeL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”121″]Rookie of the Year[/easyazon_image]Henry always dreamed of being a major league baseball player despite his physical shortcomings. Henry’s who late Father was a minor league baseball player has a hard time dealing with his mother’s new boyfriend. When Henry breaks his arm trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendons in the arm heal too tightly allowing Henry to reach speeds of 103 mph. Spotted at Wrigley Field when he throws an opponent’s home-run ball all the way from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, it seems that Henry might be the new Ace for the squad.
Made in 1993, Rookie of the Year is one of our personal favorites and another great family flick.
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”no” align=”right” asin=”B0000633U2″ cloaking=”no” height=”160″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”no” new_window=”yes” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51D6C16AEML._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”112″]Angels in the Outfield[/easyazon_image]Roger and his friend J.P. are two of the biggest Los Angeles fans and will do anything to watch the game and ideally one day play for the Major League team. Roger who has lost his mother and lives separated from his father prays for two things: To one day be living in a real family and for LA to win a World Series. When his prayers are heard, Angles from heaven begin helping the struggling baseball team, providing the team with self-confidence and a run to the pennant!
Made in 1994 and starring the now very famous Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Angels in the Outfield is a fantastic family flick which encourages children to never stop dreaming. It also offers viewers of all ages some pretty comedic scenes.
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”no” align=”left” asin=”B00AEFYKWU” cloaking=”no” height=”160″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”no” new_window=”yes” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61x3Rtu2flL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”112″]Major League[/easyazon_image]Looking for a little bit of slap-stick comedy? Major league is for you. The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a terrible team intentionally so she can move the team to a different city. When the players find out, they start winning just to spite her efforts.
Starring the now crazy Charlie Steen, Major League is both hilarious and interesting as the plot takes a a variety of twists and turns leaving viewers entertained for the duration of the film. Keep in mind, Major League is not recommended for children as it does have an ‘R’ rating.