Can You Name These Baseball Movies From A Screenshot?

By: Jody Mabry
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Do you remember which actor played Ray Kinsella in "Field of Dreams," or why Roger was praying for the Angels to win the pennant in "Angels in the Outfield?" Remember the name of that terrifying dog on "The Sandlot?" If you know the answers to all of these questions, you might have what it takes to ace this baseball movies quiz!

There's no shortage of baseball-themed films to choose from, and it's no wonder -- after all, baseball was hitting its stride just as the film industry was finding its footing -- making the sport a natural choice for movie producers looking for a subject to grab the attention of theatergoers. Hollywood movie production started in earnest in the 1920s, the same time that Sultan of Swat Babe Ruth was establishing himself as a baseball superstar. By the end of the decade, the film industry was hosting the first annual Academy Awards ceremony, and it was just 7 years after that the Baseball Hall of Fame was created in Cooperstown. 

Pre-TV, a trip to the movies or the ballpark ranked among the most popular forms of entertainment, and Hollywood's obsession with baseball continues to this day -- even as people have countless other ways to keep themselves busy. Sure, baseball itself has slipped in popularity thanks to the rise of the NFL, but the sport still retains the title of America's Pastime, and millions of fans remain loyal to their favorite teams.

Think you can recognize the best baseball movies ever made from just a single image? Take our quiz to find out!

Due to men heading off to fight in World War II, women's professional baseball leagues became popular in the 1940s and continued into the 1950s. The movie "A League of their own was inspired by the real-life Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek, who is considered the best female player to have played. Dottie died in 2010 at the age of 84, after suffering from complications from a prior stroke.

Arguably the greatest baseball movie ever made, Field of Dreams follows a baseball fan who never had an opportunity to play catch with his ball-playing father. He's inspired to build a ball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield, which draws the attention of some surprising fans.

The Sandlot is more than a baseball movie. It is a look into the nostalgia of growing up. With nostalgia in mind P.F. Flyers were brought back for a limited time after the movie's release.

What is a baseball movie without a mystical presence? In "The Natural" Roy Hobbs appears from seemingly nowhere with a bat cut from a lightning struck tree to lead his team. The film is set in 1939, which is a magical year for baseball. It is the 100th anniversary of professional baseball and the same year the Baseball Hall of Fame opened.

"Bad News Bears" is a group of misfits who, with the aid of a female pitcher and punk baller, have the inspiration to win the league's championship. What made the movie special was its dramatic documentary-style filming. The cameramen used handheld cameras for most of the play sequences to give this effect.

Eight Men Out follows one of baseball's worst scandals. The only hero of the Black Sox scandal was Shoeless Joe who many believe was never involved due to his attempts to report the pay-offs prior to the World Series, as well as his exemplary play.

"Major League" is one of the most popular and funny baseball movies written. The decision to use the Cleveland Indians was a pretty good one, since the Indians were in the midst of their third straight losing season by the release of the movie.

Ty Cobb has a notorious personality and the movie "Cobb" perpetuates this, as a reporter hired to write Cobb's biography finds out. However, new reports and research are beginning to second-guess the portrayal of Cobb,

We are used to miracles when it comes to baseball, but actual heavenly intervention? Real angels step in to help a boy find a family in the movie "Angels in the Outfield. However, in the final game, no angels appear. Why? Because "Championships need to be won on their own."

Jackie Robinson is such a symbol of American baseball and breaking color barriers that his number was the first of any sport to be retired on every team in the sport. But, did you know he wasn't the first African-American to play professional baseball. That honor goes to Moses Fleetwood Walker who made the distinction in 1884.

The Cubs may not have needed him to win the 2016 World Series, but in 1993 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner would have helped. Who doesn't dream of waking up to be a great athlete? Regardless of the movie, future 12-year-olds should know you can't be signed to a major league team until you are 16. Bummer!

"Bull Durham is about a fan who sleeps with one new minor-league ball player each season. That is until she meets a cocky, young pitcher and his experienced and laid back catcher. Of all the films real-life couple Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have appeared in together, this remains their favorite.

Based on a true story, Jim Morris, a high school teacher and baseball coach agrees to try out for the pros if his team makes the playoffs. Surprise! He ends up being brought up to the big show.

Surprise, surprise, this is a story about the legendary Babe Ruth's life. Ruth was always known to be a big guy, but John Goodman couldn't help but realize the irony in having to lose weight to portray the role of the Sultan of Swat.

What a deal! Spend $30-million in 30 days in order to inherit $300-million! Who wouldn't want that deal? But, oh yeah, you can't tell anyone about it. Good luck!

Controversy surrounds the real events of Moneyball - namely, does the process actually work. Some argue, "Not a chance." However, the numbers don't lie, and the real events of this story changed trades and scouting for baseball across all clubs.

You may have to be 16 years old to play for a baseball team, but how old do you have to be to own one? "Little Big League" tests the waters with a 12-year-old who inherits the Minnesota Twins.

Most people remember the Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire home run chase of 1998. But, before that, two great and very different sluggers had a chase of their own. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle had a similar stage in the summer of 1961 as they chased Babe Ruth's home run record.

"Mr. Baseball" features Tom Selleck as a great player past his prime who ends up in the Japanese league. While this might seem far-fetched to many people, baseball fans are used to seeing great players coming from Japan to MLB. The most notable might be Ichiro Suzuki.

The Indians are back at it. After a crazy and unexpected year, they are World Series contenders who lost their previous year's hunger. While Wesley Snipes couldn't make it, Omar Epps stood in. And you might have noticed an ad in the outfield for "Emilio's Repo Depot." It's a shout-out to Charlie Sheen's brother who starred in the movie "Repo Man."

Jimmy Fallon plays an obsessive Boston Red Sox fan in "Fever Pitch." In real life, he's a Yankees fan. Shh, don't tell anyone.

Baseball fans can be a little crazy when it comes to their team. Some might be a little psychotic as seen in "The Fan." While Wesley Snipes had to deal with Robert DeNiro's antics in the film, he couldn't complain about his film's hitting coach - Cal Ripken Jr.

"Talent for the Game" is about a scout who finds a powerhouse prodigy. While the film is about going to the big leagues, the movie certainly didn't put up big league numbers, grossing only $336,396.

Bernie Mac plays a retired baseball player turned entrepreneur whose only goal was to get to 3,000 hits. At 47 he finds out he never actually accomplished the feat and heads back to baseball to finish what he started. What could go wrong?

Gambling has destroyed the careers of players such as Pete Rose. But the consequences for Conor O'Neill's habits is coaching a team in the middle of the Chicago projects. Fiction? This movie was based on a true story.

It took the complications of ALS to take down Lou Gehrig at 2,130 straight baseball games. A record that would stand for over half a century. The Pride of the Yankees follows one of America's most beloved heroes.

All baseball players are superstitious. Even the great Babe Ruth, who loses his bat. Lucky for him, a young boy is bent on getting the bat to Babe before the end of the World Series. This was the movie Christopher Reeve was working on when he died.

For Love of the Game follows a retiring pitcher's career as he throws his first perfect game. Costner's love of baseball is well known and he has starred in three of baseball's greatest movies. What's next for Costner and baseball? The Cubs, of course.

In his only acting role, Jackie Robinson plays himself. The film follows Jackie through his career in the negro leagues to the major leagues. The first "negro league" was founded in 1887 with the last official competition ending around 1958 after integration.

In this remake of the 1976 version of "The Bad News Bears," Billy Bob Thornton takes on the role of alcoholic coach Buttermaker. Sammi Kane Kraft, who played the female ace pitcher, Whurlitzer, died in a car accident a few years later at the age of 20.

When bullies go too far, three goofs take on the entire city of baseball jocks and their kids. The prize is an outrageous stadium for the champions. The movie, while not a spoof, did have several connections to classic baseball movies such as "Bad News Bears" and "Field of Dreams."

A baseball scout travels to India to find new talent among cricket players. Not only just based on a true story, but cricketer spin bowlers have frequently traveled to the United States to work with curveball pitchers who help the cricketers improve their finger techniques.

Some baseball scouts are handed a gift, and sometimes those gifts have big problems. Al Percolo finds possibly the best baseball prospect he's ever seen, however, the young Steve Nebraska has major immaturity issues. Funny enough, Nebraska's character isn't entirely fictional. It is loosely based on minor league pitcher Steve Dalkowski.

Do you have that one moment where you wonder what your life would be like now if you'd done something different? For Larry Burrows that one moment is missing the opportunity to hit a winning home run. This is the second movie in which Linda Hamilton has acted that involves alternate timelines. The other: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

Based on the real-life events of Monty Stratton, the film follows the life of one baseball's best pitchers, and his career after his leg was amputated. Yes, you read that right! After losing his leg, Stratton was moved to the minor leagues where he continued to pitch well into the 1950s.

Ed is a chimpanzee with an arm that lands him as a third baseman in the minor leagues. Matt LeBlanc plays a hurler with a great arm and bad control who shares a dorm with Ed. Just as curious as the plot are the links to Matt LeBlanc's role in the hit TV show "Friends". For example, it was almost Matthew Perry who got LeBlanc's role in the movie. And Ed is watching an episode of Friends which features the monkey, Marcel.

The knuckleball is considered the most unpredictable pitch in baseball, for the batter, catcher, and even the pitcher. This film looks at a dying breed of pitcher and the pitch's effect on baseball.

The film follows baseball integration and the two best negro league players, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, as they vie to be integrated into the major leagues. But when Jackie Robinson is unexpectedly chosen, the two greats must find a way to deal with it.

This is the true story of Coach Kent Stock who took over the coaching duties of a legendary small-town high school's baseball team. Norway High School had won 19 state baseball championships between 1965 and 1990 before its final season in 1991, when the school prepared to merge with Benton Community high school.

Clint Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout whose daughter travels with him to rebuild their relationship. Interestingly enough, close-ups of Clint Eastwood in a flashback were from a 30-year-old movie, "Firefox."

Roger Dorn is back in the third installment of the "Major League" franchise. This time he is the General Manager of the Minnesota Twins and hires Gus Cantrell to coach a dysfunctional minor league team, The Buzz. Many of the players have changed through the franchise's history, with only Dorn, Cerrano, and the Duke appearing in all three. Harry Doyle, the announcer, stayed on as well.

"Safe at Home" is the story about a boy bragging that his dad knows baseball greats, Mantle and Maris. While not heavy on "acting," the movie is known for it portrayal of the ideal attitude of ball players.

The relationship between a pitcher and catcher is one of the closest and respected in all of sports. "Bang the Drum Slowly" is one of the finest examples of this, even though it took Robert DeNiro seven auditions before he was finally given the lead role.

A singer and close-to record-breaking baseball player split ways after their marriage. Despite featuring two hot actors from the 1980s, as well as two of America's favorite pastimes, "The Slugger's Wife" was ultimately a flop among critics and at the box-office.

"The Perfect Game" is the true story of a poor Mexican Little League team who stunned the world by winning 13 straight games to eventually have a perfect game in the championship. The film almost didn't get finished, as only a couple of weeks into filming they lost funding. Four months later, they began shooting again, having to reshoot all scenes with boys who had experienced growth spurts in the downtime.

"Fear Strikes Out" is a true story about ballplayer Jimmy Piersall and his struggle with mental illness. Piersall's nervous breakdown and illness is commonly attributed to his father's high standards. However, the real Jimmy Piersall denounced the movie, citing too much distortion of the facts.

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