Great Scenes in Major League Baseball Stadiums

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.
-A. Bartlett Giamatti, “The Green Fields of the Mind”

I’ve always loved that quote from former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti (as a movie fan, you probably know his son, Paul). The quote rings so very true. From April through the end of October, baseball is with us every single day. For more than half of the year, it is your most loyal, most reliable friend. You can always count on it to be there. And then, just when everything turns cold and gray, it’s gone. The other night, I watched The Town, which features a really excellent heist scene in Boston’s Fenway Park. It made me miss baseball most of all, but it also made me think of all of the great scenes that have happened at Major League Baseball stadiums in non-baseball movies. The full complement:

Buster Keaton at Yankee Stadium, The Cameraman

Ferris Bueller and Cameron visit Wrigley Field

Lieutenant/Umpire Frank Drebin at Anaheim Stadium

Harold Lloyd takes Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium

Bernard Gilkey takes a flyball to the noggin at Shea Stadium in Men in Black
At the very beginning of the clip:

Jon Hamm and the FBI try to halt a heist at Fenway Park

Sadly, the only one I can think of that was filmed at Busch Stadium involved Jimmy Fallon, which means it didn’t really exist in my mind.


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14 responses to “Great Scenes in Major League Baseball Stadiums

  1. Major League at Milwaukee County Stadium?

  2. Oops…non-baseball movies…missed that.

  3. There was some godawful Roy Scheider movie called “Night Game” that had all sorts of weird baseball stadium scenes. I think there was some serial killer trying to murder Enrico Palatzo or something.

    Speaking of that…the baseball highlight scene in The Naked Gun is my favorite. Dude gets attacked by a cheetah!

    Nothing like a good Bernard “Innocent Until Proven” Gilkey reference. Keeps the blood flowing.

  4. I really would like to see Bernard Gilkey showing up in random films. If I were making the next Re-Animator film, I’d put him in it. It would be better than the Patrick Ewing Exorcist III cameo.

    • I’m thinking Bernard Gilkey biopic.

      Somewhere at home, I have a Cardinals hat autographed by a 21 year old Gilkey and a 21 year old Ray Lankford when both were with the low-A Springfield Cardinals, long before the halcyon days of MiB cameos.

  5. mskris

    Pretty good list, but I’d have to say it means nothing without Gary Cooper giving the Lou Gehrig Speech at the end of Pride of the Yankees.

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  7. Bob Brown

    Anyone ever see the Omega Man with Charlton Heston. There was one scene filmed inside Dodger Stadium.

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