Spring has sprung, and baseball season is right around the corner. That means that networks everywhere will begin airing one classic baseball movie after another. Ray Kinsella will be having a catch with his dad, Annie Savoy will be worshipping at her special altar, Ricky Vaughn’s fastballs will be juuuuust a bit outside, Gary Cooper will be echoing Lou Gehrig, and Jimmy Dugan will be insisting that nobody is allowed to cry. If you watch enough baseball movies, you’ll eventually realize that there are a lot of similarities. Here’s a guide that’ll show you how to make your own baseball movie. Continue reading
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Every film genre has a series of tropes, or clichés. That doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the films. It just means that they like to employ some relatively predictable devices from time to time. Baseball movies are no exception. When you’ve seen as many baseball movies as I have, it’s impossible not to notice the clichés piling up. Here are nine. Because the number nine is pretty sacred when it comes to the game of baseball:
The coarse, grouchy, elderly manager
Seemingly every baseball team in Hollywood is helmed by multiple variations of the same guy. He’s almost (but not) always old. He swears a lot. He’s always grouchy about everything. In the parlance of people in the game, the manager “has the red ass”. He’s pissed off and you’re always going to know it.
Examples: Morris Buttermaker (The Bad News Bears); “Skip” Joe Riggins (Bull Durham); Lou Brown (Major League); Pop Fisher (The Natural); George O’Farrell (Little Big League); Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own)