Adult Fiction (* denotes a book or film mentioned in the exhibition)
Dawloff, Nicholas, Editor. Baseball, A Literary Anthology. The Library of America. 2002. 719 pages.
Drawing from the work of novelists from Ring Lardner to Don DeLillo, sportswriters from Damon Runyan to Red Smith, poets such as William Carlos Williams and essays and player profiles from John Updike and Roger Angell, this anthology is a varied display of what baseball meant to a variety of writers. It is a mix of stories, memoirs, poems, news reports, and insider accounts about all aspects of the great American past-time.
Long before popular novelist John Grisham became known for his legal thrillers, and before he became a lawyer himself, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. Consequently, sports also figure predominately in his writing so add a contemporary popular writer to your list. Calico Joe is one of Grisham’s latest. There might be more current sports books by Grisham during the tour of the show but for now this one seems like a keeper. After a series of injuries to club starters, the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz. "Calico Joe" quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul, the young son of Warren Tracey, a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever.
*Malamud, Bernard. The Natural. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1952. 231 pages.
The book follows Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy –a natural -whose career is sidetracked when he is shot by a woman whose motivation remains mysterious. Most of the story concerns itself with his attempts to return to baseball later in life, when he plays for the fictional New York Knights with his legendary bat "Wonderboy". The book
served as the inspiration to the 1984 film by the same name –the book and movie both routinely wind up on all-time top ten sports' lists.
Buford, Kate. Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Life of Legend Jim Thorpe. University of Nebraska 2010. 528 pages.
The first comprehensive biography of the legendary figure who defined excellence in American sports: Jim Thorpe, arguably the greatest all-around athlete the United States has ever seen behind a team. Thorpe excelled in baseball, football, and basketball and was an Olympic Gold medal winner in 1912.
Drape, Joe. Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen. Times Books 2009. 288 pages.
A loving look at a small-town high school’s march to winning a state football championship, Our Boys focuses on how a love for a local team spans generations and a small town rallies around its teams.
Feinstein, John. A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour. Brown and Company. 1996. 498 pages.
A candid look at the lives of some of the PGA Tour's greatest golfers from the early 90's, the book not only looks at what happens on the course but off the course as well. Even those who find golf to be a bore will be engaged in the stories and lives of the men Feinstein profiles. In the highly acclaimed bestseller A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein captures the world of professional golf as it has never been captured before. Traveling with the golfers on the PGA Tour, Feinstein gets inside the heads of the game's greatest players as well as its struggling wannabes.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Wait Till Next Year. Simon & Schuster. 1998. 272 pages.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Goodwin turns her gaze inward, looking back on a childhood enlivened by books and baseball. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. She recreates the postwar era, when New York neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn in 1957 to LA, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.
Green, Harvey . Fit for America: Health, Fitness, Sport and American Society. The John Hopkins University Press. 1986. 323 pages.
This is an intriguing account of how Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth century have studied, shaped, healed and preserved their bodies in a quest for perfect health. Green looks at the attempts by visionaries, reformers, and entrepreneurs to get America in shape for the twentieth century. He explores how consumerism and marketing techniques developed, how notions about gender, race, sex and beauty evolved and why we remain so obsessed by the pursuit of the perfect body today. Fitness, gymnastics, calisthenics, physical education and the resurgence of athletic competition figure strongly in the pursuit of health and well-being.
Halberstam, David, Editor; Stout, Glenn, Series Editor. The Best American Sport Writing of the Century. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1999. 776 pages.
The Best Sports Writing is a yearly anthology of magazine articles on the subject of sports in the United States. It was started in 1991 as part the Best of American Series published by Houghton Mifflin. Traditionally loaded with long-form feature writing, and occasionally, columns, the annual book is considered a must-read by many sports writers and fans. Noted sports writers such as Roger Angell, Gary Smith and others appear regularly. The series culminated in 2000's The Best American Sports Writing of the Century and was edited by guest editor David Halberstam. The book not only offers a glimpse of sports and sports writing for an entire century but lends context to all facets of the best and worst of sports in American life.
Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Ballentine Books. 2002. 399 pages.
Based on an inspiring true story of three men –a jockey, a trainer, and businessman -and the undersized racehorse who took the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime. Hillenbrand details the ups and downs of "team Seabiscuit," from early training sessions to record-breaking victories, and from serious injury to "Horse of the Year"--as well as the Seabiscuit's fabled rivalry with War Admiral. She also describes the world of horse racing in the 1930's. This best selling book inspired the popular film, Seabiscuit.
Kahn, Roger. Boys of Summer. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 1972, Reissue 2006. 512 pages.
This book routinely pops up as the best sports book among writers, fans and editors…and is the ultimate book for old school baseball fans. Rather than a historical account, this is described as a love story with the team the author grew up with. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is a book about what happened to Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. It is a book about our American pastime.
Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. Anchor. 1999. 332 pages.
Mountain climbing is an extreme sport to be sure. Journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing in the summit of of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more -including Krakauer –in guilt-ridden disarray, would provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, his epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Krakauer tries to construct a balanced picture of the people and the events in his book and the illustrated edition includes 250 black and white photographs taken by expedition members.
Liebling, A.J. The Sweet Science. North Point Press. 2004. 288 pages.
A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker piece on the "sweet science of bruising" vividly
brings the boxing world as it once was to life. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, and Joe Louis's unfortunate decline. Liebling finds the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring.
Michener, James A. Sports in America. Random House. 1976. 451 pages.
One of America's best-selling authors turns to America's popular pastime in a big, spectacular book covering almost the entire spectrum of sports. Out of his love for sports comes his examination of the ways we use and abuse sports in America. He draws on memorable portraits of both spectators and participants and argues that we don't place enough emphasis upon "lifetime" sports -those that promote health and give pleasure -than merely provide entertainment for the spectator.
Stowers, Carlton. Where Dreams Die Hard: A Small American Town and Its Six-Man Football Team.
Stowers looks at the dedication of the small town of Penelope, Texas to its six-man football team, win or lose.Many rural communities do not have high schools large enough to support full-sized football programs. Since the early 1900s, many have turned to six-or eight-player teams to keep their athletic programs going. The teams may be smaller, but the community involvement is just as strong.
*Telander, Rick. Heaven is a Playground. Bison Books. Second Edition 2004. 236 pages.
In 1974, Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the Court Wizards of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area. He ended up staying the entire summer, became part of the players' lives and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars. The book chronicles both the legends of the famous basketball playground, but also the players’ real life struggles off court.
Bagnold, Edith. National Velvet. Originally published in 1935. Buccaneer. 1981.306 pages.
National Velvet is the story of a 14-year-old girl named Velvet Brown, who rides her horse to victory in the Grand National Steeplechase. The classic novel focuses on the ability of ordinary persons, particularly women, to accomplish great things. Velvet and her horse become instant celebrities, with Velvet and her family nearly drowning in notoriety. Velvet strongly objects to the publicity, saying the horse is a creature of glory who shouldn't be cheapened in tabloid trash and newsreels. She insists that she did not win the race, the horse did. The book inspires the film by the same name (starring Elizabeth Taylor), a TV series and TV movie version and a lesser known sequel, International Velvet.
Christopher, Matt. The Great Quarterback Switch (Matt Christopher Sports Classics). Little Brown Books. 1991. 97 pages.
Can Michael and Tom read each other's minds? Michael and Tom Curtis are identical twins who share a love of football. Unfortunately, because of a tragic accident, Michael must watch from the sidelines as his brother calls the plays on the football field. During one game Michael concentrates very hard on a play he thinks could help the team, and Tom calls the exact play a split second later! Is it coincidence, or can the boys communicate through ESP? The boys try a daring experiment in which they push their telepathic powers to the limit ... and suddenly, impossibly, Michael is running the ball for a spectacular touchdown! Matt Christopher has a number of sports-related books to his credit.
Gultman, Dan. Roberto & Me ; Babe & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure series). Harper Collins. Reprint 2012 and 2002.
Here are just two from Dan Gultman's Baseball Card Adventures series of ten (books/stories?) where Joe Stoshack time travels and meets baseball greats of the past. In Roberto & Me, a Clemente baseball card as a time machine unexpectedly lands at Woodstock in 1969. With the free-spirited Sunshine, he makes his way to Crosley Field in Cincinnati, befriends Clemente, delivers his warning, and returns home...but the book takes a turn that will surprise devoted fans of the series. In Babe & Me, Stoshack takes his father along, as they attempt to discover whether Babe Ruth really "called his shot" in the 1932 World Series. His dad's main interest in going back in time is to make a killing in the sports-memorabilia market. A bag full of baseballs autographed by Babe Ruth would be worth a fortune in today's market, and Joe and his dad try to cash in. The adventure begins, and as so frequently happens in baseball novels, the adventure proves to be the catalyst for a new understanding between father and son. Dan Gultman is a prolific children's book writer with many titles involving sports.
Hicks, Betty, Swimming with the Sharks. Roaring Books Press. 2008.
Rita tries to improve her times and flip turns as she struggles to decide whether to remain the best swimmer on the Dolphins team or the worst on the Sharks team, where she could be with her friends.
In Shoot-Out Jake is accustomed to being a soccer star on winning teams, so when he ends up on the losing side, he is perplexed. His teammates think he is arrogant. Jake’s ability to read the flow of a soccer match makes him a good player. He must gradually learn to develop a similar ability with his teammates' personalities, helping him earn their respect and bringing the story to a victorious close. This is just one in his Comeback Kids series –great for boys ages eight to twelve.
Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. Lee and Low. 1993. 30 pages.
A Japanese-American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. His ability to play helps him to deal with people after the war is over.
*Thayer, Ernest L. Casey at the Bat
This classic poem first appeared in the San Francisco Examiner in 1888. The story is of a baseball team from the fictional town of Mudville, which is losing by two runs with two outs in their last inning. Both the team and its fans believe they can win "if only" they could somehow get "Mighty Casey" (Mudville's star player) up to bat. We all know what happens when the overconfident Casey comes to the plate. There are numerous editions of this classic tale including a beautifully
illustrated one by sports artist LeRoy Neiman (Ecco, 2002) and a Visions of Poetry edition with drawings of gritty urban streets and a multicultural cast of characters illustrated by Joe Morse (Kids Can Press, 2006).
Burleigh, Robert. Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against All Odds. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2007.
This book presents the life and accomplishments Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major leagues and who led the Brooklyn Dodgers to six National League pennants and one World Series championship.
Hamm, Mia. Winners Never Quit. Harper Collins. Reprint 2006. 32 pages. (4 and up)
Mia Hamm, American soccer champion and Olympic gold medal winner grew up in a large family and knows something about teamwork.
Washburn, Kim. Heart of a Champion: The Dominique Dawes Story. Zonderlankidz. 2012. 128 pages.
Her determination, dedication, and desire brought home the gold. Dominique Dawes focused on her dream, and nothing would stop her from reaching it. By the time she was nineteen years old, she stood on the podium to receive the Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Discover how her faith in God and hard work led her to become one of the top gymnasts in the world. Let her story and her motto of "'determination, dedication, and desire'" encourage you to become all you can be, in competition and in life.
Baseball: A Ken Burns Film and The Tenth Inning (1994 and 2010)
Documentary and companion book 1,140 min. Rated: G
Here is the story of America's national pastime, baseball, from master storyteller Ken Burns. It is
an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. A saga spanning the
quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the immigrant experience, the
transformation of popular culture, and the enduring appeal of the national pastime.
Bright Circle (2007)
Documentary KBOLI Productions 91 min. available on VIMEO.com.
This documentary explores the history of Native American participation and achievement in
athletics. The 19th century saw the founding of “Indian Schools” — boarding schools that
brought Native American children together from many different tribes, most often against their
will. The objective was assimilation. In addition to the insistence on removal of tribal customs
and conventions, the “Indian Schools” focused their male populations on sports, particularly
football. Unintentionally perhaps, these institutions produced some of the best athletes and
teams of the late 19th and early 20th century. Football, baseball, and basketball player and
Olympic Gold Medalist in 1912, Jim Thorpe, honored as the greatest athlete of the 20th century,
is one example. At the turn of the 20th Century, Native Americans dominated intercollegiate and
professional sports, but over the past one hundred years, Native American participation in
popular sports has decreased at an astonishing rate.
The Champion (1915)
Silent film (available on Amazon Instant Video) 31 min. Not Rated
Boxing appears to be the first sport filmed with Thomas Edison's moving picture in 1884. This
Charlie Chaplin silent film also is among the earliest and also features boxing. Walking along
with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp
advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose, Charlie
puts the horseshoe in his glove and wins.
Cinderella Man (2005)
Drama 144 min. Rated: PG
Based on the life story of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe)
this common-man hero became one of the most surprising sports legends in history. His career
appeared to be finished when he broke his hand in the ring. He was unable to pay the bills, the
only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger. In a last-chance bid to help his family,
Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock kept winning.
Out of a sense of pride, he uses a portion of his prize money to pay back the government
money given to him while unemployed. When his rags to riches story gets out, the sportswriter
Damon Runyon dubs him "The Cinderella Man", and before long Braddock comes to represent
the hopes and aspirations of the American public struggling with the Depression.
Endless Summer (1966)
Documentary 95 min. Rated: PG
There are any number of surfing pop-culture films prime for public programming (*Beach Party,
95 min. Rated: G starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon) but Endless Summer
documents the sport both here on the U.S.'s coasts as well as world-wide. Follow surfers on
their quest to surf coasts from here to Africa and beyond!
*Field Of Dreams (1989)
Family Drama 107 min. Rated: PG
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his cornfield tell him, "If you build it, he will come." He
interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which
appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players
banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series. When the voices continue, Ray
seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the
purpose for his field.
Family Drama 114 min Rated: PG
Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, Gene
Hackman stars in this movie chronicling the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and a former
star turned alcoholic to lead their high school team to an improbable basketball championship.
Coach Norman Dale encounters several hurdles in his path: a feisty teacher determined to keep
the best player from going out for the team, a town chock-full of second-guessing fathers, and a
group of undisciplined athletes.
Eight Men Out (1988)
Family Drama 199 min. Rated: PG
Sadly, sports is full of scandal and this dramatizes the dark side of baseball. This is the story of
the Chicago White Sox, or Black Sox as they came to be known, who accepted bribes to
deliberately lose the 1919 World Series allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win. At the last minute,
Buck Weaver and the great 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson turn back and try their best to win the game.
In the end, eight players are banned from baseball for life.
*Friday Night Lights (2004)
Drama 118 min. Rated: PG-13
Based the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream authored by H.G. Bissinger,
this film profiles the racially divided and economically depressed city of Odessa, Texas and their
heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. In Odessa, as in much of the
country, there is one night that unifies and gives the town something to live for: Friday Night.
The Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, but in this 1988 season
their superstar tailback suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season and hope is
lost among citizens. The Panthers must rise from the ashes on their way to the championships,
feeling like nothing like this might ever matter this much for the rest of their lives. The TV series
based on the book and movie is also available on DVD.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Family Drama 120 min. Rated: PG
A golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 US Open, where 20-year-old Francis Ouimet
becomes the first amateur to win the US Open by defeating his idol Englishman, Harry Vardon.
This chronicles an era when golf was a sport only for the wealthy, and Francis came from an
immigrant family that was part of the working class. This is adapted from Mark Frost's book The
Great Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet and the Birth of Modern Golf.
Hoop Dreams (1944)
Documentary 170 min. Rated: PG-13
This documentary follows two inner-city Chicago residents, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as
they follow their dreams of becoming basketball superstars. We watch the boys become men
from the beginning of high school until they start college. We follow their "Hoop Dreams" while
along the way, there is tragedy, joy and a great wealth of information about inner city life.
*A League of Their Own (1992)
Family Drama 128 min. Rated: PG
There's no crying in baseball!' The fictional tale of the real-life All-American Girls Professional
Baseball League, the movie stars Tom Hanks, Gena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna and Rosie
O'Donnell. Set during World War II, with major leaguers going off to fight, the movie shows
women trying to just play ball at a time when females rarely got respect as athletes.
Family Drama 136 min. Rated: PG
This is an inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history - the 1980
United States ice hockey's team's triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Coach
Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) had an inspirational dream – beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets
at their own game. Exhilarating non-stop hockey action and heart-racing suspense is set in
context of the Cold War era.
Moneyball (2011) 133 min. Rated: Pg-13
Based on Micheal Lewis' book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning and Unfair Game (2003), this is
the story of Oakland A's GM Billy Beane (Brad Pit) who is handicapped with the lowest salary
constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive
advantage. Billy's wisdom is to trust that the collected, often subjective, wisdom of baseball
insiders (managers, coaches, scouts, and the front office) must be combined with statistics
(stolen bases, runs batted in, batting average) –a cheaper analysis but long considered a relic
of the 19th century. These observations often flew in the face of conventional baseball wisdom
and the beliefs of many baseball scouts and executives.
National Velvet (1944)
Drama 123 min. Rated: G
This children's classic is based on the 1935 book by Edith Bagnold and explores what happens
when you combine a headstrong young woman (Elizabeth Taylor – establishing her as “one to
watch”), a former jockey (Andy Rooney) and a spirited horse won in a raffle. It also managed to
spin off both a TV series, a TV movie version and a lesser-known sequel, International Velvet, in
The Natural (1984)
Family Drama 134 min. Rated: PG
An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) with a mysterious past
appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this
magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the
fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young
woman. The film is adapted from Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel by the same name.
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Drama 103 min. Rated: PG
Set in 1955 and based on the true story of skiing star Jill Kinmont. This eighteen-year-old is a
truly talented, gifted skier and a shoo-in for the 1956 Winter Olympics. But Jill comes close to
losing everything when she takes a near fatal fall off a mountain during the last race of the
season. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, Jill now has to climb another kind of mountainworking
her way up from total helplessness to leading a fulfilling life. With the help of family,
friends, and an extraordinary man, Jill begins the quest up that mountain.
Pat and Mike (1952)
Comedy Drama 95 min. Rated: G
Pat Pemberton (Katherine Hepburn) is a woman’s sports sensation - a champion in golf,
tennis, and whatever else she decides to do. Knowing a good thing when he sees it, Mike
Conovan (Spencer Tracey) becomes her manager. Mike has made his living fixing sports
events, but he tries to go legit before Pat finds out his schemes. A perfect period piece that
places women in sports in a timely context.
Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Biography Drama 128 min. Not Rated
One of several classic sports biographies, this one chronicles the life of legendary baseball
great Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper). Gehrig, played in 2,130 consecutive games before falling at
age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his
childhood in New York until his famous 'Luckiest Man' speech at his farewell day in 1939.
*Remember the Titans (2000)
Family Drama 113 min. Rated: PG
Based on the true story of a newly appointed African-American football coach (Denzel
Washington) and his high school team – forced by desegregation and consolidation of three
Virginia high school teams to become one in the early 70's, on their first season as a racially
integrated unit .
Drama 119 min. Rated: PG
Rocky was the first sports film to win Best Picture - written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as
Rocky Balboa - a struggling boxer trying to make the big time. When heavyweight champion
Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers wants to set up an exhibition boxing match
between Creed and the struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become
a "somebody". The film goes on to spawn five sequels.
*The Rookie (2002)
Family Drama 127 min. Rated: G
This inspirational family film is based on a true story. High school teacher and coach Jim Morris
(Dennis Quaid) thought his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his
shoulder, and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with
his perpetually loosing team: If they won the district championship, Morris -- who threw a 98
mph fastball -- would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon
on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues!
Family Drama 114 min. Rated: PG
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football is legendary. Based on a true story set in the mid 70's Rudy
Ruettiger (Sean Astin) grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but
dreamed of playing football for Notre Dame. There were only a couple of problems. His grades
were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size (5'6'' 165 lbs.) of the
other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and set his sights upon joining the
The Sandlot (1993)
Comedy Family 101 min. Rated: PG
It is the early 60's and the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first
kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones)
who lived behind the left field fence of the neighborhood sandlot. Fifth grader Scotty Smalls has
just moved into this small town and the kids call him a dork – he can't even throw a ball. But that
all changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby
sandlot field. Soon, the nine boys become best friends, Scotty is part of the team, and their
leader has become a local legend.
Drama 141 min. Rated:PG-13
Based on a inspiring true story of three men – a jockey, a trainer, and businessman (Toby
Maguire, Chris Cooper and Jeff Bridges) – and the undersized racehorse who took the entire
nation on the ride of a lifetime. Set in the 1930's this is a lovingly realized version of Laura
Hillenbrand's best selling book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend.
*Soul of the Game (1996)
Drama 94 min. Rated: PG-13
In this made for TV docu-drama, the year is 1945 and everyone knows that soon, the Major
Leagues will be integrated. Most think the baseball player who breaks the "color line" will be an
established Negro League star, such the legendary Leroy "Satchel" Paige of the Kansas City
Monarchs or Homestead Grays' catcher Josh Gibson, who was called "the black Babe Ruth."
But Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey confounds the experts and chooses the
confrontational but cerebral Jackie Robinson first.
Space Jam (1976)
Comedy Animation 88 min. Rated:PG
In this kid's classic Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game
against alien slavers to determine their freedom.
Wind (1992) 126 min. PG-13
The film is centered on the America's Cup series yachting races and uses them as a backdrop
for both an action/adventure and a romantic storyline. It is inspired by real events, starting from
the loss of the 1983 America's Cup through the events of the 1987 race. Will Parker, played by
Matthew Modine, after loosing the America's Cup to the Australians, and decides to form his
own syndicate to win it back. Great sailing action footage.
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