It's Opening Day! Here is a Baseball Movie for All 30 Major League Teams
Finally, after a long, cold winter, baseball's opening day has arrived! OK, fine: it may still be pretty cold where you are, but... baseball! Spring! Renewed hope that this is the year for your favorite team! When it comes to baseball movies, however, your favorite team is likely quite underrepresented. (Unless you're a fan of the Yankees, Indians or Durham Bulls, of course.) But, there's no need to feel sad and disenfranchised on such a glorious day! In an effort to include everyone, here's a list of 30 movies for each and every major league team.
(In deciding each movie or, in a couple of cases, television series, we wanted to stick with scripted material. So no documentaries or championship season recaps. Yes, some of these are a stretch.)
Tony Perkins stars in the true story of Jimmy Piersall. Red Sox fans, just be glad that this movie exists or this entry could very well be Fever Pitch.
Gary Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Lou Gehrig (the luckiest man on the face of the Earth) in this 1942 classic.
The Blue Jays aren't really known for their appearances in popular culture. In Major League II, however, the Cleveland Indians clinch the division against Toronto in the final game of the season. So, there's that.
Surprisingly, the Orioles are very light on movie appearances. Before the Orioles moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season, they were the St. Louis Browns. At one point, the Browns had a one-armed player name Pete Gray. He wasn't bad, actually!
When The Rookie was released, the Rays were still the Devil Rays, but still: Not bad for a fairly new franchise. Added bonus: The Rookie also features Angus T. Jones, making Jon Cryer the only title character from Two and a Half Men not on this list.
Probably not every White Sox fan's favorite subject, but, hey: At least you weren't alive when this happened Also, Charlie Sheen's lesser-known third film on this list. (If you want "feel good" White Sox option, watch Max Dugan Returns.)
Well, of course. And at least Tom Berenger isn't on a cocaine binge or in jail for tax evasion.
True, this mini-series is about the Yankees, but the Yankees play the Royals in the 1977 ALCS, which is depicted on-screen. Sorry, there's not much out there for the Royals. For people under the age of 30, the Royals used to be a good team. (And for Royals fans, get excited for your AL Central title in 2016!)
It's either this or Major League: Back to the Minors. Before Target Field opened, I bet at one point Twins fans actually wished that a 12-year-old kid owned the team.
The Tigers aren't very good in this movie. And, honestly, this movie isn't very good, either. Though it does feature a perfect game thrown against the New York Yankees -- and that has to count for something, right?
Probably one of the most underrated films in terms of future star power: A young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adrien Brody and Matthew McConaughey are all in this film. And Tony Danza.
It's not out yet, but no matter how good or bad Moneyball turns out to be, the selection for the Oakland A's will be Moneyball.
The only film to appear twice on this list, primarily because the Texas Rangers don't make a lot of appearances in film. When Jim Morris makes his Major League debut, it's in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.
Judging from this story, it appears that only way the producers of The Naked Gun were allowed to use the (at the time) California Angels in the film was to use the Mariners as their opponent.
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