There are hundreds of baseball movies. There are hundreds of baseball movie trailers. Entirely too many of them can be viewed on the Internet. However, after intensive study, these six clearly separated themselves from the field. Each stands in its own way as a piece of art unto itself; each so masterfully distills the essence of its film as to make the film all but irrelevant. Enjoy.
SAFE AT HOME (1962)
“With Mantle and Maris, it’s gotta be a hit!” Right? It’s gotta be! Please? Please watch it? It’s about the boy you once were.
BALL OF WAX (2003)
“10 COMMANDMENTS. 7 SINS. 4 BASES. 1 SEASON. A DIAMOND…IS THE DEVIL’S EYE.” I don’t have the faintest idea what is going on in this trailer, but I will be having nightmares about it for weeks.
BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL (2003)
Wikipedia helpfully explains, “Though the film is ostensibly about high school baseball rivalries, the amount of actual baseball in the film is fairly light. There are many scenes involving bats and balls, however.” Yeah there are.
SQUEEZE PLAY (1980)
“It’s a story bigger than life itself — but personal and intimate enough to touch each of us.” I myself feel that I was touched. Inappropriately. For four whole minutes.
Someone give Matt LeBlanc a sportsmanship award. Ed, I note, belongs to the exclusive club of films achieving a perfect 0% on the Tomatometer.
MR. DESTINY (1990)
A masterpiece of concision.