Top five movies about New York baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers isn't the only team that's been portrayed in film---check out our picks for the best NYC-centric movies about the national pastime.
Tue Feb 15 2011
The Natural, 1984
Though it's not particularly faithful to Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel, this modern fairy tale of Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), his homemade bat, Wonderboy, and the fictional New York Knights captures 1930s baseball in New York, as well as the most famous home-run sequence ever.
Pride of the Yankees, 1942
One year after Lou Gehrig died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—better known as Lou Gherig's disease—Gary Cooper portrayed the Yankees' Iron Horse. This biopic chronicles Gherig's rise to fame and all-too-early demise. As a bonus, Babe Ruth makes a cameo as himself.
Bang the Drum Slowly, 1973
Roger Ebert called this movie about a dying catcher (played by the then-obscure Robert De Niro)—on fictional NYC club the Mammoths—the "ultimate baseball movie." Fans wanting to wax nostalgic will recognize the original Yankee and Shea Stadiums—both were used as sets for the film.
Ken Burn's Baseball, 1994
The 18.5-hour Emmy Award--winning documentary series spends plenty of in New York: The entire seventh episode ("The Capital of Baseball"), which spans the late '40s and '50s, is dedicated to Gotham. During that time, the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants were at the top of the baseball universe, and represented the city in 11 of 12 World Series.
Damn Yankees, 1958
The Yankees find themselves as villains—a role to which they've grown accustomed—in this adaptation of a Broadway musical. In the flick, a Washington Senators fan sells his soul to the Devil to help his team win the pennant. Given the Bombers' lack of World Series rings in the past decade—they've only won the championship game twice, in 2000 and 2009—it may be time to give Satan a call.