The All Star game is coming to Kansas City. And what better way to get into the mood than some of the best films ever made about the national pastime?
Hollywood Homers features nine films that run the gamut from fantasy to romance, comedy to melodrama, real-life stories to a big-league musical. What they have in common is a love of baseball. They screen at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays throughout June in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th.
The batting order:
June 2: Field of Dreams (1989: PG) Iowa farmer Kevin Costner is visited by the ghost of baseball great "Shoeless Joe" Jackson. If you build it, he will come.
June 4: Major League (1989: R) Hoping to move to a better market, the owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together the worst team ever. But these comedic losers (Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, James Gammon) start winning just to spite her.
June 9: Eight Men Out (1988: PG) Indie auteur John Sayles recreates the controversy over the Chicago "Black Sox," who threw the 1919 World Series. With John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, and D.B. Sweeney.
June 11: Damn Yankees! (1958: NR) An elderly baseball fan sells his soul to the devil; in return he is transformed into a young baseball star who can bring down the hated New York Yankees. This musical features songs like "You Gotta Have Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants."
June 16: Bang the Drum Slowly (1973: PG) An ace pitcher (Michael Moriarty) befriends a half-wit catcher (Robert DeNiro) in this tear-jerker for guys.
June 18: Bull Durham (1988: R) A three-way affair between a minor-league catcher (Kevin Costner), a promising pitcher (Tim Robbins), and a baseball groupie (Susan Sarandon) generates laughs and romance.
June 23: A League of Their Own (1992: PG) During WWII a burned-out major leaguer (Tom Hanks) manages a professional women's baseball team. There's no crying in baseball.
June 25: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976: PG) During the Depression a team of black baseballers go on the road in a venture that's part sport, part barnstorming entertainment tour. With Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor.
June 30: The Rookie (2002; PG) Dennis Quaid plays middle-aged Jimmy Morris, a real-life Texas high school baseball coach determined to enter the big leagues as a pitcher.