The Nine Best Baseball Movies Ever

Picture this scenario: A ragtag bunch of misfit baseball players have done the unthinkable and transformed themselves into an efficient and unstoppable team. Despite all logic and reason, they've beaten the odds and overcome expectations to earn a slice of championship glory.

Sounds familiar, right? Like maybe we're talking about the unexpected roller coaster ride that the Arizona Diamondbacks took last season to the National League West pennant? Nope, we were referencing the plotlines of many of the classic flicks that make up our list of the best baseball movies.

The fact that the D-Backs unlikely success last year mimicked the worst-to-first stories of, say, The Bad News Bears or Major League just reinforces the fact that these film's awesome status.

In honor of the new season of MLB, here's our rundown of the nine best baseball movies ever.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.