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My Top Ten Favorite Baseball Movies

For you movie lovers. Here are my favorite all timers. Baseball is the theme of these flicks that have made a lasting impression on me.

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My top ten baseball movies consist of five movies on the list. That sounds pretty weird. There have been many movies with a baseball theme that I have liked, but there are only five I have loved. I will get to them soon.

Some of the ones I have liked are “Bull Durham” with Kevin Costner, a light hearted tale about a minor league season in North Carolina and the characters on and around that team. “Bang The Drum Slowly” with Robert DeNiro, “Cobb” with Tommy Lee Jones, “Fear Strikes Out,” “Eight Men Out,” “A League of Their Own,” “Major League,”  and “Rookie of the Year.”  
One thing that my favorites have in common is that I have been moved to tears. For similar and different reasons, I have been inspired or moved by some of the following scenes. 

Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones.
When I think about this movie I always think how corny it was. Come on – Cut down a corn field to create a baseball field. I have seen this movie approximately 15 times. It is the only movie I have seen in my adult life twice in the theaters. The scene that is so moving for me is when Kevin Costner asks his father to play catch. He is so awkward in his asking. He is so delighted when his father says “sure.” I melt whenever I see this scene. 

The Rookie with Dennis Quaid
How does a man in his late 30’s leave his family and start playing baseball in the minor leagues. He is fulfilling a dream. There are a couple of scenes in the movie that lead to a most uplifting moment. While playing in the minor leagues in the Tampa Bay organization Dennis Quaid (Playing pitcher Jim Morris) thinks he may have made a mistake by leaving his family to pursue a dumb dream. He is in anguish. He is not making any money pitching in the minors while his family is suffering at home with very little money coming into the house. Finally, after vacillating between playing baseball and going back to his wife to make a constant living he sees one of his teammates and asks him. “Do you know what we are going to do today?” His teammate looks puzzled. Dennis responds to his own question. “We are going to play baseball today.” With a big grin on his face Dennis captures the joy of playing baseball. I loved it. 

The Natural with Robert Redford
The music in this flick was superb. Good versus evil. Robert Redford comes out of the hospital to play in the most important game of the year. As corny as this movie was I loved the scene at the end of the movie when he hits the ball into the lights and a shower of sparkling flashes illuminate the screen. I can still hear the music from that part of the movie, as he circles the bases. I get chills whenever I see this part of the film. This is also one of my wife's favorites as well film.

Pride of The Yankees with Gary Cooper and Teresa WrightOne of my all time favorite players, Lou Gehrig, is played on the screen so superbly by Gary Cooper. The scene that gets to me every time is when Lou goes to see the doctor at the hospital because he feels a nagging injury not healing. As his wife nervously waits in the waiting room, Lou is examined and then given the fatal news of his illness. He is greeted by his wife as he leaves the examination room. She then asks him how it went. They embrace and he tells her its a little bump or bruise. She seems to know without him telling her that this is serious. Oh my. I melt every time. 

This following epic motion picture reminds me of a baseball season. Long, lasting and lovable.

Baseball by Ken Burns Can you believe 18 hours of baseball footage? Still pictures from the 19th century. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Lou Gehrig, Buck O'Neil. Highlights on film. Dead ball era. Modern day. Pitchers, hitters. This movie had it all. The pictures were spectacular. There were so many stories that were told. I was amazed by Ken Burns' commitment to get this movie done. That is what moved me the most.

So there you have it. I cannot thank the people ENOUGH that made these movies. I have been touched writing about their commitment, passion, and
excellence.

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Despite Video-Game Mania, Little League Baseball Still Hits It Off With Kids

There upon the field were arrayed preteens and teenagers, outfitted in baseball uniforms touting the usual major league entities – such as the Mets and the inevitable Dodgers. Within hardly an inning, the gamesters proved capable, not only of pitching, catching, and hitting the ball, but of actually being able to become excited by participation in the traditional pastime. As daylight faded and the lights shone forth, I was winningly assured that there is hope for the youth of America and, by extension, for resilient youth everywhere.

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Having conceded some time ago that the usual childhood in America is being despairingly twisted by the current popularity of moronically violent video games, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the nation’s young have not been entirely removed from what is generally considered a bedrock of normal American development: Little League Baseball.

I was recently invited by a dear friend to attend a game, in which, expectedly enough, her son was playing.

I was game to go partly because I myself had had taken part, if ever so briefly, in the sport in my own adolescence. My career as a pitcher ended when I unfortunately beaned the coach and voluntarily walked off the field, so shamed I swore never to return again.

Still unconvinced that the time-worn throwback could still attract our youth, even in this digitally bedazzled age, I went off to the event.

Sure enough, there upon the field were arrayed preteens and teenagers, outfitted in baseball uniforms touting the usual major league properties – such as the Mets and the invariable Dodgers.

Within hardly an inning, the gamesters proved capable, not only of pitching, catching, and hitting the ball, but of actually being able to become excited by participation in the traditional pastime.'

I sat there while daylight faded and the lights came on, winningly assured that there is hope for the youth of America and, by extension, to resilient youth everywhere.

Evidently, they have not been so entirely vitiated by all the bells and whistles of video mayhem that they cannot be redemptively engaged by just picking up a bat and hoping to hit a homer.

Most promising of all, when the game was over, each team lined up and, winner or loser, the players were obliged to shake one another’s hands to demonstrate their good sportsmanship.

I considered how, when I view the calculated doings in the wide world and our general fair-mindedness, despite the ever-present treacery, I think how importantly America’s overall outlook is shaped by something as straightforeward as our early training in good sportsmanship.

At least, to the extent baseball can bolster our national character, we still seem to be batting quite well.

 

Baseball Theme Scores Home Run For Birthday Party Planning

If you are planning a birthday party for your little baseball fan, a party theme surrounding the great American pastime may be just the ticket. In order to plan the perfect event, there are several options to consider. Where and when will the birthday party be held? How many invitations will be sent? What type of food and activities will be available to guests? If you live near a party supply store, this will be an excellent way to find birthday party decorations and invitati...

birthday party

If you are planning a birthday party for your little baseball fan, a party theme surrounding the great American pastime may be just the ticket. In order to plan the perfect event, there are several options to consider. Where and when will the birthday party be held? How many invitations will be sent? What type of food and activities will be available to guests? If you live near a party supply store, this will be an excellent way to find birthday party decorations and invitations. Otherwise, the world wide web provides a literal shopping mall at your fingertips.

In selecting a location for the baseball-themed birthday party, consider a local stadium, ballpark or softball field where the children can enjoy participating in a quick game. If this is the selected location, it's a good idea to take the upcoming weather into consideration. Unless you want the big game to be rained out, select a day with predicted sunshine. A local batting cage may also be a fun idea for a birthday party surrounded by the theme of baseball.

No birthday party is complete without the proper decorations. With a baseball theme, the party may include a round cake in the design of a baseball or a sheet cake created to look like a playing field. As for the table decorations, themed plates, cups and napkins will be a big hit. Now that the decorations are chosen, the obvious food for a baseball birthday party would be hot dogs. If the party is held outdoors, grilling would be ideal.

If you have the financial resources to do so, you may consider hiring a professional coach or athlete to appear at the birthday party. An appearance fee will likely be required and will be determined based on the popularity of the celebrity, their time spent, travel distance and other factors. In addition to being a memorable guest of the birthday party, the presence of a professional athlete or coach will also provide plenty of photo opportunities.

When all of the plans are confirmed, the invitations should be mailed. Birthday party invitations should indicate several very specific factors, including the date, time and place of the event. If planning a baseball theme, perhaps the invitation image would convey the same. If the majority of guests are enrolled in school, the best time to hold the party would likely be on a Saturday. If you are concerned about having enough food and refreshments to go around, it may be a good idea to request that every prospective guest RSVP with their plans.




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