This week’s question: of course, it’s baseball movies. You think with all the pauses and long stretches with little action that baseball would be a difficult translation to the screen, but in fact there’s a strong coterie of films about America’s favorite sport, as it used to be called. What’s your favorite baseball movie?
Reese Witherspoon faces her fears of retiring from a women’s professional team in James L. Brooks’ underrated romantic comedy How Do You Know. And a new sport is invented in David Zucker’s zany BASEketball, starring Matt Stone and Trey Parker of “South Park” fame in possibly their funniest movie.
And here is what Reel 13 host Richard Peña has brought up to the plate: “Fear Strikes Out, an early Robert Mulligan film features a great performance by a pre-Psycho Anthony Perkins, and Bull Durham is always fun to watch. But if you haven’t seen it, check our Aviva Kempner’s ode The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, a touching and revealing look at one of the sport’s true giants.”