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A pitch for 10 of the best baseball movies

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John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" chronicles the bribery scandal that rocked the 1919 Chicago White Sox.

An Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) builds a magic baseball diamond in his cornfields, with startling results, in "Field of Dreams."

Geena Davis swings a mean bat as a member of the professional women's baseball league in Penny Marshall's sophisticated comedy "A League of Their Own."

Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) chews out a potential pitching phenomenon (Tim Robbins) in the superior baseball movie "Bull Durham."

A very young Robert De Niro plays a ballplayer with an incurable illness in the sentimental sports drama "Bang the Drum Slowly."

Manager Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) admonishes Evelyn Gardner (Bitty Schram) with the memorable line, "There's no crying in baseball," in "A League of Their Own."

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) comes up with an unorthodox way to improve his team in "Moneyball."

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Robert Redford stars in "The Natural," a baseball movie that mythologizes the all-American sport with real myths.

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This week marks the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic 1947 major league debut that opened the gates of professional baseball for minorities. The story of his life, "42," is playing at local theaters now. What better time to review some of the best movies ever made on the subject of America's national pastime? So, here come 10 pitches for the best baseball motion pictures made.
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    • John Sayles' “Eight Men Out” chronicles the bribery scandal that rocked the 1919 Chicago White Sox.
    • An Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) builds a magic baseball diamond in his cornfields, with startling results, in "Field of Dreams."
    • Geena Davis swings a mean bat as a member of the professional women’s baseball league in Penny Marshall’s sophisticated comedy “A League of Their Own.”
    • Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) chews out a potential pitching phenomenon (Tim Robbins) in the superior baseball movie "Bull Durham."
    • A very young Robert De Niro plays a ballplayer with an incurable illness in the sentimental sports drama "Bang the Drum Slowly."
    • Manager Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) admonishes Evelyn Gardner (Bitty Schram) with the memorable line, “There’s no crying in baseball,” in “A League of Their Own.”
    • Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) comes up with an unorthodox way to improve his team in "Moneyball."
    • Robert Redford stars in “The Natural,” a baseball movie that mythologizes the all-American sport with real myths.
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