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09-19-2001, 08:32 PM
Posted By: <b>Vognar Julie</b><p>He's 81 today. I saved a July 31, 1989 New Yorker in which he wrote a long article about baseball movies, "The Sporting Scene: No, But I Saw The Game." I guess his main point was that baseball fans WANT baseball movies to work--they want the acting to be so good that we can forget "how badly these guys on the screen play ball," but that when the movie makers slip in a scene or two of real baaseball players playing, we get so fascinated that we keep rewinding the film to watch that part again and forget all about the plot.<BR>He's very funny talking about how Cooper couldn't hit AT ALL from EITHER side of the plate.<BR><BR>What's your favirote baseball movie? Angell's is (as of 1989) "Bull Durham." Mine's "Bang the Drum Slowly."<BR>

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09-19-2001, 08:58 PM
Posted By: <b>Scott Forrest</b><p>One of the things that makes baseball such a great game is knowing that something incredible might be done by someone who looks completely normal in street clothes. "61" was great because we all just lived through McGuire chasing Maris, and this film showed us a different type of home run race that most of us had forgotten (or might be too young to remember).

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09-19-2001, 09:17 PM
Posted By: <b>Anthony</b><p>I'd vote for the following, in order:<BR>Field of Dreams (by far)<BR>The Natural<BR>61<BR>Bull Durham<BR>Bang the Drum Slowly<BR>Eight Men Out<BR>Major League would be dead last, but it was funny in a stupid way

Tobacco&Gum
06-29-2012, 05:42 PM
The Sandlot.

Leon
06-29-2012, 05:46 PM
The Sandlot.

Congratulations. I think you just set the record for the oldest thread revival.

Tobacco&Gum
06-29-2012, 06:36 PM
Congratulations. I think you just set the record for the oldest thread revival.

Ha! I didn't even notice the date of the last post!

I don't even know how I ended up on a thread so old.

It was a really good movie though. :)

Matthew H
06-29-2012, 06:40 PM
Congratulations. I think you just set the record for the oldest thread revival.

Did he just win a net54 t-shirt? :)

Leon
06-29-2012, 07:42 PM
Did he just win a net54 t-shirt? :)

I think he did. James please PM me your T shirt size (100% pre shrunk cotton) and shipping address and I will get a T in the mail for you. Congrats!!

Matthew H
06-29-2012, 08:36 PM
Awesome!

barrysloate
06-29-2012, 09:07 PM
When Julie made that post the board was only a few days old. Didn't it start a day or two after 9/11?

jp1216
06-29-2012, 09:09 PM
Leon, got my shirt yesterday - love it. Many thanks!

Seiklis
06-29-2012, 09:24 PM
I just had to check after I saw the date on the thread

Roger Angell, 91 and still kicking

scooter729
06-29-2012, 10:07 PM
Should I be embarrassed to admit how much I loved the Major League movie? I mean, Cerrano, Wild Thing, Dorn, Willie Mays Hayes - it was pure genius! How could someone vote that dead last??

Matthew H
06-29-2012, 11:13 PM
The sequel qualifies for dead last. I too like the first one.

packs
06-30-2012, 04:52 AM
My friend's uncle is the doctor who says Funky Butt Lovin in Rookie of The Year.

MacDice
06-30-2012, 11:29 AM
Should I be embarrassed to admit how much I loved the Major League movie? I mean, Cerrano, Wild Thing, Dorn, Willie Mays Hayes - it was pure genius! How could someone vote that dead last??

I love that movie as well. When Charlie Sheen was doing his tour, I went to his show (free tickets) and it was pretty cool seeing him stand on stage where a Rick Vaughn jersey singing wild thing.

brickyardkennedy
06-30-2012, 12:37 PM
Ok, I'll play along. Not strictly baseball movies, as in the usual sense, but my favorite baseball movies would be vintage clips, if they count. Otherwise, probably, "Field of Dreams"

What is Julie up to these days, anyway? Anyone?

g_vezina_c55
06-30-2012, 12:40 PM
My favorite is 61

Shoeless Moe
06-30-2012, 12:45 PM
Bad News Bears

"Hey Yankees... you can take your apology and your trophy and shove 'em straight up your ass!"

scooter729
06-30-2012, 02:51 PM
I've always enjoyed this purchase - even though I wasn't sure about it at the time, since it's actually from "Major League 2" and not the original, I have been happy to own a "game used" Pedro Cerrano uniform (letter from movie studio)...
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f81/scooter0729/cerrano0001.jpghttp://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f81/scooter0729/cerrano0002.jpg