So here it is, the dreary winter and the “rat race” begins. Tis the season for dreaming of baseball and the summer. Well, to keep the imagination of the mind going I give to you a list of baseball movies that may be good for a stocking stuffer or two.
The list is in no specific order:
- The Natural with Robert Redford.
- 61 produced by Billy Crystal.
- When It Was A Game: Triple Play Collection.
- Ken Burns’ Baseball produced by Ken Burns.
- Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner.
- For Love of the Game with Kevin Costner.
- Bang the Drum Slowly by John Hancock.
- A League of Their Own by Penny Marshall.
- Bull Durham with Kevin Costner.
- 100th Anniversary of the New York Yankees.
While there are many movies to list, in my mind the above are worth watching to the baseball fan.
A note on my previous column of baseball books: I would like to add a few more from some of the comments posted by readers and my own insight into the books. So, here’s an expanded view of more books to read.
- Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig.
- It’s Outta Here: The History of the Home Run from Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds by Bill Gutman.
- Tales from the Mets Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Stories Ever Told by Bruce Markusen.
- Idiot: Beating the Curse and Enjoying the Game of Life by Johnny Damon.
- The 2005 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia by Peter Palmer.
- Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning by Jonathan Mahler.
- The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness by Buster Olney.
- The Bill James Handbook 2005 by Bill James.
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.
- Voices of Summer: Ranking Baseball’s 101 All-time Best Announcers by Curt Smith.
If there are more books, please feel free to send them to me. Maybe we’ll have a third column on the best baseball reads.
— Joe Boesch