Baseball in the Movies: A Comprehensive Reference, 1915-1991

Baseball in the Movies: A Comprehensive Reference, 1915-1991

by Hal Erickson
     
 

Since the first baseball movie (Little Sunset) was released in 1915, Hollywood has had an on-again, off-again affair with the sport. The resulting relationship has produced a wide array of films, some good (Field of Dreams, Pride of the Yankees), some obscure (Roogie's Bump, Hot Curves) and some flops (The Slugger's Wife, The Babe Ruth Story).

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Since the first baseball movie (Little Sunset) was released in 1915, Hollywood has had an on-again, off-again affair with the sport. The resulting relationship has produced a wide array of films, some good (Field of Dreams, Pride of the Yankees), some obscure (Roogie's Bump, Hot Curves) and some flops (The Slugger's Wife, The Babe Ruth Story).

This is a detailed look at the 81 baseball films released from 1915 through 1991. Each entry includes full cast and production credits, year of release, production company, a synopsis, and a critique of the movie. Behind-the-scenes and background information is included.

A separate section examines baseball short subjects and baseball in nonbaseball films. An extensive bibliography completes the work.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
the definitive reference work on this film genre.... Recommended
Classic Images
"a must for all baseball fans. Recommended"
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Entries on 81 baseball films released through December 1991 are arranged here by title. Each contains a full cast list, production credits, production company, year of release, and a black-and-white still from the film. Readable essays of several pages give a synopsis and critique of the films with background and behind-the-scenes information. For instance, Erickson characterizes the conclusion of "Bull Durham" thus: "Crash Davis and Annie Savoy have come to realize that they're exactly the same, two seasoned players nearing the end of their rather ethereal careers, both in need of something that will last." Erickson owes much of his research to two prior sources: an April 1968 edition of "Films in Review" and the exhaustive baseball-film dictionary "Everything Baseball", by James Mote (Prentice-Hall, 1989), which lists baseball films with brief credits and story line. "Baseball in the Movies"' complete survey of the literature is attested to by Erickson's bibliography of 120 plus items. His research included the American Film Institute and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research collections. This volume also contains "Baseball Short Subjects," a review essay covering the most important short films, and "Baseball in Non-Baseball Films," which discusses other films in which the sport is depicted in some way. The index largely consists of film titles and personal names from the cast lists. There is no doubt that Erickson has written the definitive reference work on this film genre. A list of his picks of the best films and their availability in video format would have been helpful for the browser. Recommended for libraries with strong film collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899506579
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Pages:
412

Meet the Author

Hal Erickson has written several media-related books for McFarland, and was for many years a primary editor of the All-Movie Guide website. He lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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