While it’s been strange having baseball delayed for so long, we couldn’t be more excited for the boys of summer to get back out on the field. With that in mind, here are our favorites films (and documentaries) about America’s pastime.
starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
Along with an all-star cast, this classic baseball film is also a romantic comedy. The film itself is loosely based on the life of writer/director Ron Shelton and takes a look at the less glamorous side of the sport.
This 2012 documentary takes an in-depth look at the crazy knuckleball, and how it saved several major league pitchers from obscurity. It also shows the fraternal nature of knuckleballers and how they share their tips of the trade with each other.
starring Karen Allen, Denis Leary and James Earl Jones
A coming-of-age tale, this film tells the story of a group of young friends who play baseball together every day in the summer of 1962. Originally released in 1993, it’s become a cult classic for adults and kids alike.
Eight Men Out
starring John Cusack, Charlie Sheen and Christopher Lloyd
Based on the book written in 1963, this film is a dramatization of the 1919 scandal where the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to lose the World Series. A must-see for any baseball fan.
No-no: A Dockumentary
Originally screened at the Sundance Film Festival, this documentary tells the incredible story of Dock Ellis, a prolific pitcher who threw a no-hitter on June 12, 1970, while being under the influence.