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The Natural (1984) - On the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is shot by the unstable Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey). After 16 years, Hobbs returns to pro baseball as a rookie for the last-place New York Knights. Despite early arguments with his manager, Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley), Hobbs becomes one of the best players in the league, and the Knights start winning. But this upsets the Judge (Robert Prosky), their owner, who wants Hobbs to lose games, not win.

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The Pride of the Yankees (1942) - This moving biographical drama follows the life of revered baseball player Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper). Championed by sportswriter Sam Blake (Walter Brennan), Gehrig eventually gets recruited by the New York Yankees, joining a team of heavy hitters that includes the legendary Babe Ruth. When Gehrig marries his spirited sweetheart, Eleanor (Teresa Wright), things look up for him, but he is soon sidelined by a terrible illness that he bravely tries to battle.

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moneyball

Moneyball (2011) - Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A's, one day has an epiphany: Baseball's conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits bargain-bin players whom the scouts have labeled as flawed, but have game-winning potential. Based on the book by Michael Lewis.

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Major_League

Major League (1989) - The new owner of the Cleveland Indians, former showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton), has a sweetheart deal to move the team to Miami. But to break the lease with the city of Cleveland, ticket sales have to plummet. So Phelps hires the most incompetent players available, including near-blind pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and injury-prone catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger). But her villainous tactics accidentally foster a can-do team spirit, turning the Indians into potential winners.

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For Love of the Game (1999) - Forty-year-old pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is practically a dinosaur by professional baseball standards, fast approaching the end of his career. But, as Chapel stands on the mound pitching the game of his life, his thoughts don't turn to his prized history in sports, but rather return again and again to his tumultuous relationship with Jane Aubrey (Kelly Preston), a single mom who has stood at his side through the good and the bad but is now on the verge of leaving him.

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field_of_dreams

Field of Dreams (1989) - When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying "If you build it, he will come," he feels the need to act. Despite taunts of lunacy, Ray builds a baseball diamond on his land, supported by his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan). Afterward, the ghosts of great players start emerging from the crops to play ball, led by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. But, as Ray learns, this field of dreams is about much more than bringing former baseball greats out to play.

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Eight_Men_Out

Eight Men Out (1988) - The Chicago White Sox, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series of 1919, are at odds with their team's owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), who pays his players unsatisfactory wages despite the team's popularity. A group of professional gamblers offers the Sox's best athletes a fortune to throw the series, and the players agree. However, their reputations and careers are ruined when the dark secret, dubbed the "Black Sox Scandal," reaches the public consciousness.

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Bull_Durham

Bull Durham (1988) - In Durham, N.C., the Bulls minor league baseball team has one asset no other can claim: a poetry-loving groupie named Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon). As the team's season begins, Annie selects brash new recruit Ebby Calvin Laloosh (Tim Robbins), whom she christens "Nuke," to inspire with the religion of baseball. Nuke also receives guidance from veteran player Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), who settles Nuke's erratic pitching and teaches him to follow the catcher's lead.

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Bang_the_drum_slowly

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) - When hotshot pitcher Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty) is signed to the New York Mammoths, his confident ways quickly win over his teammates. He's quite the opposite of Bruce Pearson (Robert De Niro), the team's simpleminded catcher, who has difficulty connecting with others. But when Henry discovers that Bruce has been hiding that he was recently diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer, the unlikely pair become close. Despite Henry's efforts to look out for Bruce, however, team tensions rise.

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The Bad News Bears (1976) - Hard-drinking, ex-minor-league hopeful Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) grumpily agrees to coach a Little League team at the behest of lawyer-councilman Bob Whitewood (Ben Piazza), who has a vendetta against the league for excluding his marginally talented son from play. After failing with his new team of misfits, Buttermaker enlists feisty and gifted pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal) to lead the charge -- but can he find the luck and patience to whip these outcasts into shape?

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A_league_of_their_own

A League of Their Own (1992) - As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell co-star as two of the sisters' teammates.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talks to the media after the first walk through practice of the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) jogs to the field at the start of the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Washington Redskins head football coach Jay Gruden, right, puts a choke hold on running back Matt Jones as wide receiver Jamison Crowder, left, looks on at the start of the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Washington Redskins' Houston Bates (96) before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. The Panthers won 44-16. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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In this Dec. 5, 2014, photo, Tim Tebow speaks during an SEC television broadcast in Atlanta. Tim Tebow will not call himself a retired football player though he could see himself as a future coach. A career in politics is also something that could be appealing down the road. "I think I consider myself someone that is so blessed to do what I love to do and to be around the game of college football and to be able to be part of something that was so much a part of my life since I was a little boy," Tebow said Wednesday, July 27, 2016. "But also I've got a lot of different things going on right now." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

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FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. Bettman's reluctance to link hits to the head in hockey with a degenerative brain disease found in several deceased former players has reached Congress. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) **FILE**

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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller listens to a question during a news conference before the team's opening of training camp Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, right, celebrates with Daniel Murphy, left, after scoring on a hit by Trea Turner during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)