Baseball Movie March Madness!

With the NCAA tournament in full swing, most blogs are starting up their own version of March Madness. And of course, we’re doing the same here at The Outside Corner. Our choice for a tournament? Baseball movies. We’ve got a 32 movie tournament lined up, and we’re going to get this thing rolling RIGHT NOW. We’re going to start with the first round today, the second round will begin on Monday, the quarterfinals on Friday, the semifinals the following Tuesday, and the finals will begin the following Friday, and voting will conclude on Monday, April 3 and we’re going to crown our baseball movie grand champion.

Here’s the full bracket. Click to enlarge, since it’s a little unreadable right now

Let’s kick this voting off, shall we?

 

Classics Bracket
1. Major League vs 4. Bang the Drum Slowly
Major League (1989)
Starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, and Corbin Bernsen
IMDB rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85% fresh

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Starring Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty
IMDB rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88% fresh 

2. Field of Dreams vs 3. The Natural
Field of Dreams (1989)
Starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones 
IMDB rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88% fresh

The Natural (1984)
Starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall
IMDB rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82% fresh 

Modern Day Bracket
1. Moneyball vs 4. Fever Pitch
Moneyball (2011)
Starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, and Jonah Hill
IMDB rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94% fresh

Fever Pitch (2005)
Starring Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, and Jason Spevack
IMDB rating: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 64% fresh 

2. For the Love of the Game vs 3. The Rookie
For the Love of the Game (1999) 
Starring Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, and John C Reilly
IMDB rating: 6.2 
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 54% rotten

The Rookie (2002) 
Starring Dennis Quaid, JD Evermore, and Rachel Griffiths
IMDB rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82% fresh 

Childhood Dreams
1. The Sandlot vs 4. Little Big League
The Sandlot (1993) 
Starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, and Patrick Renna
IMDB rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 61% fresh

Little Big League (1994)
Starring Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, and John Ashton
IMDB rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33% rotten

2. Bad News Bears vs 3. Rookie of the Year
Bad News Bears (1976)
Starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neil, and Vic Morrow
IMDB rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96% fresh

Rookie of the Year (1993) 
Starring Thomas Ian Nichols, Gary Busey, and Albert Hall
IMDB rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 39% rotten 

Yankees Bracket
1. The Babe vs 4. Damn Yankees
The Babe (1992)
Starring John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, and Trini Alvarado
IMDB rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 50% rotten

Damn Yankees (1958)
Starring Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, and Ray Walston
IMDB rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 79% fresh 

2. Pride of the Yankees vs 3. Everyone’s Hero
Pride of the Yankees (1942) 
Starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Babe Ruth
IMDB rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 91% fresh

Everyone’s Hero (2006) 
Starring Jake T Austin, Brian Dennehy, and Whoopi Goldberg
IMDB rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 40% rotten 

Historical Bracket
1. 61* vs 4. Cobb
61* (2001)
Starring Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, and Anthony Michael Hall
IMDB rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80% fresh

Cobb (1994)
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, and Lolita Davidovich
IMDB rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 66% fresh 

2. Eight Men Out vs 3. A League of Their Own
Eight Men Out (1988) 
Starring John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner
IMDB rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86% fresh

A League of Their Own (1992) 
Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Lori Petty 
IMDB rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82% fresh 

Documentary Bracket
1. Ken Burns’ Baseball vs 4. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Baseball (1994)
Starring John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, and George Will
IMDB rating: 9.1
Rotten Tomatoes rating: n/a

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)
Starring Reeve Brenner, Hank Greenberg, and Walter Matthau
IMDB rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96% fresh 

2. When it Was a Game vs 3. A Player to Be Named Later
When It Was a Game (1991)
Starring Hank Aaron, Bud Abbott, and Elden Auker
IMDB rating: 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: n/a

A Player to Be Named Later (2005)
Starring Marco Scutaro, Mitch Franklin, and Kyle Peterson
IMDB rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes rating: n/a 

Minor Leagues Bracket
1. Bull Durham vs 4. Major League III
Bull Durham (1988) 
Starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins
IMDB rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

Major League III (1998)
Starring Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, and Dennis Haysbert 
IMDB rating: 4.1
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 21% rotten 

2. Pastime vs 3. The Scout
Pastime (1990) 
Starring William Russ, John Achorn, and Ernie Banks
IMDB rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 44% rotten

The Scout (1994) 
Starring Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, and Dianne West
IMDB rating: 5.1
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 22% rotten 

Random Bracket
1. Mr Baseball vs 4. Mr 3000
Mr Baseball (1992)
Starring Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, and Aya Takanashi
IMDB rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 13% rotten

Mr 3000 (2004)
Starring Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, and Michael Rispoli
IMDB rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 56% rotten 

2. Baseball World’s Defensive Drills vs Chasing 3000
Baseball World’s Defensive Drills
Starring Tom Emanski
IMDB rating: n/a
Rotten Tomatoes rating: n/a

Chasing 3000 (2010)
Starring Ray Liotta, Rory Culkin, and Trevor Morgan
IMDB rating: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes rating: n/a 

About Joe Lucia

I'm the managing editor of Awful Announcing and the news editor of The Comeback. I also made The Outside Corner a thing for six seasons.

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