Name 10 films about football.
You likely got to five pretty easily: Rudy, Brian’s Song, The Blind Side, Friday Night Lights, Remember the Titans, We Are Marshall, Any Given Sunday, etc. Now, do the same for baseball. If you’re like us, you got to 10 pretty quickly—and then 10 more scenes about baseball in films having absolutely nothing to do with the sport.
That’s because filmmakers are in the business of conveying messages—and those messages must be relevant and relatable to the audience.
It’s understandable, then, that over the last century, 87 films have been made about baseball. After all, the fundamentals of America’s pastime—the sacrifice, the rally, dusting yourself off, patience, the marathon vs. the sprint—are also the fundamentals of being an American gentleman.