An Appreciation of the Best Baseball Movie Ever

Time does get away from us, doesn’t it? I was jolted Sunday morning to read that Bull Durham, my pick for the best baseball movie ever made, first appeared on the silver screen 30 years ago this week. Can this be true?
Now that I’ve gotten over how long-in-the-tooth one of my favorite movies is, please allow me to celebrate it.
I count Bull Durham the best of the baseball best because in addition to fine acting and humor throughout its quirky but well-wrought story, the movie has the feel of real bus league baseball, its romance but also its earthiness and unglamour. And why shouldn’t it? Its director and chief screen-writer, Ron Shelton, played minor league ball in the Baltimore Orioles system for five years, making it as far as AAA with the Rochester Red Wings in 1970 before it became clear the major leagues were not in his future. He knows the thrills, chills,

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