Nine innings, nine great baseball movies to stream

  • "Bull Durham," starring Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner, is one of the funniest baseball movies for grown-ups.

    "Bull Durham," starring Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner, is one of the funniest baseball movies for grown-ups.

 
 
Posted7/23/2020 6:00 AM

At last, baseball is back. It's only 60 games -- let's hope our viral nemesis doesn't make the season even shorter -- but we'll take as many innings of Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant as we can get.

When the Sox and Cubs are done with the Twins and Brewers this weekend, you can keep the game going with just a few button presses. Here are nine great baseball movies you can stream right now:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• "A League of Their Own" is free on IMDb TV (visit imdb.com/tv), which means you and the family can once again argue over whether Dottie (Geena Davis) dropped the ball on purpose to give sister Kit (Lori Petty) the victory.

• Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) believes in the high fiber, good Scotch and kisses that last three days. I believe in "Bull Durham," the funniest baseball movie for grown-ups, available on fuboTV, the Hoopla library app and Showtime.

• Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) believes that if he builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) will get to play in it. Never mind the fact that he's been dead for decades. "Field of Dreams" is streaming on Starz.

• Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner ... is this deja vu?) believes he can pitch a perfect game for the Detroit Tigers in "For Love of the Game" on HBO Max.

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• Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) and a bat named Wonderboy light up the night sky in "The Natural" on Amazon Prime and fuboTV.

• "Shoeless" Joe Jackson returns, this time played by D.B. Sweeney, in "Eight Men Out," about the 1919 White Sox World Series scandal. It's on Amazon Prime.

• Real-life Oakland A's GM Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and composite character Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) revolutionize the way players are evaluated in "Moneyball," featuring erstwhile Star-Lord Chris Pratt as unlikely hero Scott Hatteberg. Watch it on Starz.

• And finally, two for the kids: Watch Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas), the youngest pitcher in Cubs history, in "Rookie of the Year" on Disney+.

• And then check out Billy Heywood (Luke Edwards), a 12-year-old who inherits the Minnesota Twins and names himself manager, in "Little Big League" on HBO Max.

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