The Best Baseball Teams in Cinema History
It’s here! The season is young and the grass is green, so you know what that means. No, we’re not talking about the start of Spring. We’re talking about MLB Opening Day! It’s the most exciting day of the baseball season: new team, a full season of glorious baseball ahead, and a clean slate.
To celebrate the return of MLB baseball and America’s favorite pastime, we’ve curated a list of the best teams to ever play the game...on the silver screen. Just say the title of one of these baseball films and your Control Center universal remote will take you straight to these favorites after you’re done watching the games.
1994 California Angels from Angels in the Outfield
When you have otherworldly entities helping you out during the regular season, you’re a scary team plain and simple. During the 1994 Season, with the help of a group of “angels,” the California Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels) were able to clinch the division pennant over the Chicago White Sox. Very impressive indeed.
1994 Cubs (pre-Division title game) from Rookie of the Year
It’s tough to beat any team when they have an excellent bullpen, and the Chicago Cubs of 1994 were no exception. With the deadly combo savvy veteran Chet “Rocket” Steadman and young ace, Henry Rowengarther, the Cubs were dominant up until the pre-division title game against the New York Mets. If it wasn’t for that menacing loose ball on the ground, Henry would probably have a few Cy Young Awards under his belt by now.
2002 Oakland A’s from Moneyball
One of the best teams in MLB history to never win a championship, the 2002 Oakland A’s won a whopping 20 consecutive games in a row to set a new American League record. The craziest aspect of this team was that it was built on a shoestring budget and one of the first teams to popularize sabermetrics (selecting players based on their on-base percentage aka OBP).
The Racine Belles from A League of Their Own
Although the film focuses on the Rockford Peaches, we can’t forget who won the World Series that year: The Racine Belles. With the go-ahead run at the top of the 9th, we know who was the real MVP of World Series and we’re not talking about Dottie Hinson.
2004 Boston Red Sox from Fever Pitch/The Perfect Catch
From Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzmeski, a solid roster of players have donned the red and white at Fenway, but it seemed the Boston Red Sox were destined to be cursed forever. The 2004 roster was on the same course ... until something miraculous happened. It was Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox were down two runs in the 8th-inning of Game 4 and were in danger of being swept in the series, yet somehow managed to tie the game against Mariano the Sandman’ Rivera (the Yankees star closer) to eventually win the game in the 12th-inning. The Red Sox reversed the series and came back from behind to beat the Yankees before defeating the St.Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.
The Cleveland Indians from Major League
This rag-tag team was put together with LOSING in mind, but it did exactly the opposite. From Willie Mays Hayes to Rick ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn,this team had a cast of characters that would’ve been just as fun to party with as to play against. Plus, beating the Yankees to be division champions ain’t half bad either.
The Kekambas from Hardball
In the history of Little League teams, there will never be a team with more heart. Struggling in the ABLA housing projects of Chicago, the Kekambas had one of the best coaches of all time in Conor O’Neill. From pizza parties to going to see Sammy Sosa play, this group of kids were more than a team, they were a family. Also, the death of G-Baby was also one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in sports cinema history, and this film is one not to miss.