Baseball season begins today, April 7th, in the United States. It’s called “America’s Pasttime” due to its popularity in the first half of the 20th century. While it is the second most popular sport in the United States in the 21st century, it is still immensely popular. It also has a major following in Latin American and Asian markets. We’ll look at seven movies currently available on Disney+ in the United States to get you ready for baseball season.
7. HOW TO PLAY BASEBALL
The 1942 short is part of the Goofy demonstration series. In this short, Goofy plays all the positions on a baseball field and demonstrates many different types of pitches.
6. EDDIE’S MILLION DOLLAR COOK-OFF
In this film, Eddie Ogden is a baseball prodigy who decided to enter a major cooking contest. Unfortunately, the contest is on the same day as an important playoff baseball game. The 14-year-old must decide if he can fulfill his obligation to his team and still be true to himself.
5. THE SANDLOT: HEADING HOME
In the third film in “The Sandlot” franchise, a bitter, egotistical baseball star is sent back in time to when he was 12 to rediscover his love of the game as he plays on a sandlot.
4. THE SANDLOT 2
Ten years after the events of the first “The Sandlot” film, a new team of boys and girls must overcome the successor to the monstrous dog.
3. DEION’S DOUBLE PLAY
This ESPN 30 for 30 documentary looks at the dual sports career of Deion Sanders who played in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball. And, once in 1992, he appeared on an NFL roster and a World Series roster on the same day as he was playing for both the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves.
2. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
After injuring his arm while trying to catch a flyball, Henry Rowengartner’s tendons are so tight he can now throw a baseball as fast as a major leaguer. So, the Chicago Cubs front office reaches out to the diehard Cubs fan who helps turn the team’s season around.
1. THE ROOKIE
Loosely based on the career of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jim Morris, a high school baseball coach, injured before making it to MLB, gets a second chance at the majors.
Those are some of the baseball films available on Disney+ to get you ready for the new season. Unfortunately, the first “The Sandlot” film is not available in the US right now due to contractual obligations. What film are you watching to get ready for baseball season?