NOMINATION: Baseball Players Who Need Movies


If this doesn’t make for a good movie, then what does?

Jim Morris has one. Joe Jackson has several. Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Ty Cobb all have movies — and even Billy Beane has one now — but who still needs one?

This is a potent question because — as we all know — movie executives read NotGraphs with regularlity, so if we as a group decide on, say, the top five players who need baseball movies made about their lives, WE CAN FULLY ANTICIPATE SAID PLAYERS TO HAVE A MOVIE MADE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. Counting from the moment we finishing crowd-sourcing the screenplay, naturally.

So who out there needs a movie — players or executives that either do not have a movie about them or only have a crappy one? My first choices include:

Roberto Clemente
“Three Finger” Mordecai Peter Centennial “Miner” / “Brownie” Brown
Branch Rickey *
Ron Santo
Eddie Gaedel
Dick Allen

    * The upcoming Jackie Robinson movie 42 apparently has Harrison Ford playing Branch Rickey in a prominent role, but Rickey’s accomplishments merit a movie all to the themselves.

So whom else deserve consideration? Who on this list does not deserves consideration? Debate, and then we’ll vote.

ASIDE: Which one of you nerds wrote this on Dick Allen’s Wikipedia page? “Dick Allen was a true professional singer. He sang in a high, delicate tenor that belied his powerful body.”




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saberkeith
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saberkeith
4 years 25 days ago

Moe Berg

A Family Guy
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A Family Guy
4 years 25 days ago

Trevor Plouffe

samuelraphael
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4 years 25 days ago

Boof

DD
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DD
4 years 25 days ago

Barry Bonds, but you’ll just hate it anyway.

dj 2012
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4 years 25 days ago

SaberKeith beat me to it (hat tip), but there’s an Oscar nom waiting for the actor that grabs the rights to Moe Berg’s story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_Berg

futurecfo
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4 years 25 days ago

Bill Veeck?

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 25 days ago

Came here to nominate Bill Veeck. That movie would be spectacular.

Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
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Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
4 years 25 days ago

Agreed, plus with the book already written half the work is done in getting movie material.

Brett
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Brett
4 years 25 days ago

Apparently Josh Hamilton’s life story has been optioned for a movie. Which led to some announcers talking about how no other current players have had movies made about them. So I think we need to go that direction.

I nominate a buddy comedy where Billy Butler and Prince Fielder go on a quest to find a Taco Bell (or a KFC selling the Double Down, or a Wendy’s Baconator) after a Royals-Tigers game (or during All-Star weekend). Think Harold & Kumar go to White Castle. And Prince thinks he’s a vegan even though everything he eats is meat.

What’s that? You were talking about movies based on the actual life stories of players/executives? Well, I’m sticking with my nomination until you can prove to me that the above scenario hasn’t happened.

GUY
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GUY
4 years 25 days ago

It’s a Dinner with Andre type movie where Billy Butler eats a Double Down, while Prince looks on in disgust (Fielder is a vegetarian).
They then spend the rest of the movie discussing their wildly different diet.
All improvised.

atoms
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atoms
4 years 25 days ago

i recently rented “merkle’s boner”, only to discover that there still hasn’t been a baseball movie about fred merkle.

GUY
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GUY
4 years 25 days ago

If the movie you rented had anything to do with the German Prime Minister, we’re all confused.

jcxy
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jcxy
4 years 24 days ago

nice use of italics.

Sociology Degreer
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Sociology Degreer
4 years 25 days ago

Sandy Koufax.

Toasty
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4 years 25 days ago

The Freshest Man on Earth: the Arlie Latham Story.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 25 days ago

Satchel Paige.
Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers.
Doc Gooden.
Dummy Hoy.

TV movie:
The Wilson Ramos kidnapping.

HBO drama:
Dirk Hayhurst.

BX
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BX
4 years 25 days ago

YES to Dirk Hayhurst HBO drama.

Ideally, he’s involved in the writing process of said drama as well.

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker
4 years 25 days ago

How about a fan? The Hilda Chester story!

Ace's Little Buddy
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Ace's Little Buddy
4 years 25 days ago

Otis Nixon

Frank
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Frank
4 years 25 days ago

Trot Nixon

olethros
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olethros
4 years 25 days ago

Dock Ellis, Branch Rickey, Bill Veeck, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan

Santo already has a movie.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 25 days ago

Dude, a realtime Danny-Boyle-directed vision of Dock Ellis’s no-hitter day on LSD would be sick.

Jack
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Jack
4 years 25 days ago

Willie Mays (or maybe just the 51 pennant race)
A non-bad Babe Ruth film.
Steve Dalkowski
Sam Fuld

The Rajah
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The Rajah
4 years 25 days ago

The Sam Fuld movie could either be a Chuck Norris-type karate movie (starring Chuck Norris, of course) or maybe it could be a Marvel Comics movie (with a cameo by Stan Lee).

samuelraphael
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4 years 25 days ago

Bruce Chen would be the supervillain.

Ben
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Ben
4 years 25 days ago

Lenny Dykstra

Yeager
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Yeager
4 years 25 days ago

I feel Lenny Dykstra’s story would make a fantastic “Death of a Salesman” style stage play.

Roy
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Roy
4 years 25 days ago

Ryan Vogelsong

dp
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dp
4 years 25 days ago

Clemente already has an off-Broadway play, but a cripplingly tragic Hollywood treatment would likely see me treated for dehydration from crying too much.

The mockumentary of Keith Hernandez is fantastic: http://www.imkeithhernandez.com

Dan Gladden
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Dan Gladden
4 years 25 days ago

Ozzie Guillen

Patrick Dubuque
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4 years 25 days ago

Walt Weiss, Amateur Sleuth. Weiss would go around solving random ballpark-related crimes, Murder She Wrote-style, through the use of grit and determination. Dante Bichette co-stars as Dante, the bumbling sidekick with the heart of gold.

IronyMan
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IronyMan
4 years 25 days ago

“1*: The 2012 Marlon Byrd Story”

Dan Gladden
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Dan Gladden
4 years 25 days ago

Doc Ellis and Vida Blue, A La Fear and Loathing

Anon
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Anon
4 years 25 days ago

Easy answer: Rick Ankiel

Obscure but more deserving: George Kissell

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
4 years 25 days ago

“Marge Schott Versus Cincinnati”

GUY
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GUY
4 years 25 days ago

I’d line up early to see a Rickey Henderson movie. You could easily make a great movie spanning his entire life.

George
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George
4 years 25 days ago

The R.A. Dickey story.

And Mr. Met as himself.

MikeS
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MikeS
4 years 25 days ago

Nyjer Morgan. His life is already a screwball comedy.

Nu? BillyBaroooo
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Nu? BillyBaroooo
4 years 25 days ago

Moe Berg
Dock Ellis (played by Phil Lesh)
Koufax
Oil Can Boyd/Wade Boggs deathmatch
Youkilis (played by Biz Markie)
Dave Winfield
80’s baseball send-up starring Quissenbery, Tekulve, George Brett shitting, Morgana, Rollie Fingers, Marge Scott etc…

ccoop
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ccoop
4 years 24 days ago

in boggs defense…most people are apt to say some weird shit 30 millers deep…

Nu?! Billy Baroo
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Nu?! Billy Baroo
4 years 23 days ago

Oil Can seemingly was way off base, by that I mean free-base…

It would be a good movie, hey Boggs wanna be the guardian of my kid, sure, great, see you there. Oh, by the way, your a racist.

Greg W
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4 years 25 days ago

Nolan Ryan.

DidYouEvah
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DidYouEvah
4 years 25 days ago

Greinke.

samuelraphael
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4 years 25 days ago

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonser Across the 8th Dimension

Justin
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Justin
4 years 25 days ago

Livan Hernandez.

It should start out with something like: ” In late 1957 Hernandez was born to a poor family in Villa Clara, Cuba.”

Not Robert Sanchez
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4 years 24 days ago

“Who need movies”, not “that need movies”, Bradley.

Micah Stupak
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Micah Stupak
4 years 24 days ago

Ugie Urbina! I don’t even care if it can’t be done in good taste.

I Know I'm Late
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I Know I'm Late
4 years 21 days ago

This list is missing some of the most obvious choices:
Jose Canseco
John Rocker
Michael Jordan (Space Jam 2, as a mediocre movie about mediocre Baseball)

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