Few pastimes are more American than baseball, which is centered around action-packed sports, hot dogs and Sunday barbecues. With a history spanning more than 100 years, the beloved sport has helped people through the toughest of times, and has experienced its fair share of its own drama too.
In fact, some of the most controversial and heartwarming sporting tales involve pro baseball players. Consequently, numerous documentaries have been created throughout the decades to bring these stories to fans across the globe. If you would like to learn more about the sport, here are the best baseball documentaries to watch.
Catching Hell (2011)
Catching Hell details the story of the Steve Bartman incident, which occurred during a play between the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field in 2003. Many Cubs fans blamed Bartman for interfering with a foul ball, which they believed prevented them from having a shot at becoming the World Series winner. It is thought that it would have lifted the widely-believed 1908 curse, which led to Bartman becoming the Cub’s scapegoat. Catching Hell ultimately details the fallout that ensued and explores the darker aspects of baseball fandom.
Fastball is a superb documentary about how to throw a baseball rather fast. Narrated by Kevin Costner, the documentary follows world-famous players, including Derek Jeter, and scientists to identify who has thrown the fastest ever pitch in the sport. It is not only an analytical review of the fastball, but it serves as a compelling story about baseball that avid fans would not want to miss.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)
The Battered Bastards of Baseball shines a spotlight on the go-getting nature of the sport. The documentary tells the story of Bing Russell, a famous Hollywood actor who started the Portland Mavericks, who were the only independent US baseball team during the 1970s. He also hired the first female general manager in the sport and signed his son, Kurt Russell, to play on the team to grab the attention of Big League Chew, a major bubblegum brand. During the documentary, Kurt Russell shares his memories about his father and the team in an honest and heartwarming manner.
So, if you have a passion for baseball and want to learn more about the many stories and tactics that make the sport so exciting, you should add the above documentaries onto your to-watch list.