Cinemania: playing ball

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I would say this lineup of best baseball movies looks a bit more like “The Bad News Bears” (neither Michael Ritchie’s 1976 original nor Richard Linklater’s 2005 remake made the cut) than the 1927 Murderers Row Yankees. But each choice demonstrates some of the character and chemistry that makes for great teams and great movies, and also says something about the meaning of baseball in culture and society.

If we had to go deeper into the bench there’d be “Bull Durham,” “Fever Pitch,” and “Major League” ready to pinch hit. But this would be my starting nine. Or rather five.

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