It seems Waxing America readers are fans of fictional baseball movies, judging from comments on Paul's post about "Field of Dreams," which is on most fans' list of top ten best baseball movies. (Google "top ten baseball movies" to see the usual picks.)
My best ten list is pretty typical, except that I don't include "Pride of the Yankees" (hate the Yankees), or "Bad News Bears" (foul-mouthed cuteness is overrated), or "A League of Their Own" (Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell paying baseball? No.). My unranked ten best are: "Field of Dreams," "The Natural," "Eight Men Out," "Bang the Drum Slowly," "Bull Durham," "Major League," "The Jackie Robinson Story," "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings," "The Sandlot," and "Long Gone." My favorite is "Long Gone," an HBO film based on a wonderful Paul Hemphill novel that nailed the "minor league old guy on the way down and young phenom on the way up" story several years before "Bull Durham." Well worth a watch.
Anyway, here's my unranked ten worst:
- "Fear Strikes Out" - Anthony Perkins playing Jimmy Piersall and not credible throwing or hitting. (thx commenter Ty O'Mara)
- "For Love of the Game" - Kevin Costner as a sensitive, thinking pitcher worried about his relationship? Nope. (thx Toni Morrissey)
- "Mr. 3000" - Despite the Milwaukee locale, Bernie Mac is not a Robin Yount.
- "Brewster's Millions" - How do you make an unfunny movie with John Candy and Richard Prior? This one manages.
- "Bad News Bears Go to Japan," "Bad News Bears in Breaking Training," "Bad News Bears" (2005 remake with Billy Bob Thornton), "Major League II" and "Major League: Back to the Minors" - 5 dogs share one slot and don't make one decent film when their good parts are all added together.
- "The Babe" and "The Babe Ruth Story" - Neither John Goodman nor William Bendix could do more than a bad home run trot.
- "Strategic Air Command" - 47-yr old Jimmy Stewart as a Cardinals player recalled to the Air Force as a bomber pilot to help save the USA from the Commies, while June Allyson pines for him back home. Painful. (See also "The Stratton Story," another bad baseball movie with Stewart and Allyson.)
- "It Happens Every Spring" - Ray Milland invents something that repels a baseball from wood, becomes a star pitcher and hilarity fails to ensue. (thx Marshall Cook)
- " The Slugger's Wife" - Neil Simon wrote this bomb, which Janet Maslin called "...resoundingly unfunny..." (thx Tim Morrissey)
- "Ed" - Matt LeBlanc and a chimp named Ed. The stupid hijinx are unwatchable.
Nominations for worse baseball flix to avoid?- Barry Orton