Ever since social distancing has become the new norm, it has left many people, including myself, with quite a bit of free time. So, what better thing to do than to catch up on some classic baseball movies? Here I’ve ranked my top five all-time favorites so that if you’re searching for something to watch, you can check these out as well!
Without a doubt, this HAS to be my favorite baseball movie. I grew up watching Adam Sandler movies nonstop, so when I found out his usual cast was in a baseball movie AND that Adam Sandler was one of the producers, you know I had to check it out. This movie follows around three nerds (David Spade, Rob Schneider, Jon Heder) on their quest to beat their bullies. It is available to stream on Hulu with the Starz Add-on.
The Rookie (2002)
This movie is more of a drama than a comedy like the previous one, but is good none-the-less. It is about a high-school teacher, played by Dennis Quaid, realizing it’s truly never too late to go back to what makes you happy. In the movie, his character suffered a shoulder injury which ended his minor league career as a teenager. We follow his story and it truly is heartwarming. It is available to stream on Disney+.
The Sandlot (1993)
Another childhood classic! This seriously is like what every little kid dreams of, or at least I did, finding a band of kids that have the same interest as you and going on adventures with them. They run into a bit of trouble when one of the main characters hits a ball he borrowed from his stepdad over a fence. You follow the journey of these little kids as they journey to find the ball, running into troubles along the way. It reminds me of another movie I loved as a kid, Stand By Me because, in a way, it is the same type of style. This movie is available to watch on Hulu with the Starz Add-on and on Amazon Prime from $3.99.
Field of Dreams (1989)
This is a great inspirational movie to watch if you’re looking for a quality movie that is somewhat out-of-the-box. It follows Kevin Costner as the main character building a baseball diamond in his cornfield and the mysterious happenings that occur afterwards. It is definitely a must-watch, but it is not a comedy like my all-time favorite baseball movie, Benchwarmers. You can find this on Hulu, once again, with the Starz Add-on and on Amazon Prime from $3.99.
This movie has made such a huge impact on the baseball world. This season, the Red Sox and Yankees were scheduled to play a regular season game at the original movie site in Dubuque, Iowa. The movie site is open year round as a tourist attraction.
Angels in the Outfield (1993)
Available on Hulu with their Live TV Add-on, you can watch this feel-good family movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It follows Joseph’s character as a child, part of a divorced family, that is a huge fan of the Anaheim Angels who are on a strong losing streak. His estranged father promises that if the Angels begin winning more games, then he will reunite the whole family. When Joseph begins praying to real angels, his luck starts to change. This movie was made by Disney, so it’s definitely geared more toward kids, but is still great and an attention-grabber.
Time to grab a bucket a popcorn and start binging these baseball classics! Happy streaming everyone!