America’s Pastime, baseball, has been the subject of many movies. In the late 1980s, Kevin Costner practically made a career out of baseball movies, with “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” ranking as two of the best movies of all time about the sport. For all baseball movies, there is an ultimate goal that the main characters try to reach. For some, like in “Bull Durham,” that goal is simply making it to Major League Baseball (MLB), no matter what happens after. For others, the characters have already made it into MLB and now their goal is the playoffs, and ultimately, the World Series.
Though many baseball movies have the World Series full tvshow as the ultimate prize, surprisingly few of them actually feature World Series games. Many mine the drama leading up to a Fall Classic appearance for their plot instead of actually featuring the games. But there are a few standouts that do have a World Series theme.
“Eight Men Out” is not only about World Series baseball, but also about a betting scandal that rocked the entire country. The film is set in 1919, when the Chicago White Sox made it to the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Usually an appearance in the Series means big money bonuses and other lavish prizes. Unfortunately, the owner of the team is cheap, so a betting magnate who gets wind of the owner’s miserly ways proposes a devious plan. If the team purposely loses, they will be rewarded with riches from illegal sports betting. The film is based on the true story of the infamous 1919 “Black Sox,” as they were later known.