Biopic · Drama

Gary Cooper as the Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth

Even if you’re not a baseball fan – or a classic movie fan – you know this line: Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. You can just hear it, can’t you, echoing over the stadium PA system. It’s from a 1943 movie called The Pride of the Yankees,… Continue reading Gary Cooper as the Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth

Biopic · Historical

The (not so) Private Life of Henry VIII

We’ve been musing about the busy British monarch Henry VIII (1491-1547), and wondering how his personal life might look if you framed it on a baseball card. You know Henry, he of six successive wives, the fate of each summarized in this rhyme: Divorced, beheaded and died Divorced, beheaded, survived Before we proceed, however, we must ask all… Continue reading The (not so) Private Life of Henry VIII

Biopic · Drama

The Jackie Robinson Story

There’s something in the way Jackie Robinson holds a baseball bat. He treats it with nonchalance; it’s almost an accessory to carry while wearing a baseball uniform. But when Robinson stands at home plate, holding this same bat, he slugs the ball with a sharp crack! that happens so quickly you can hardly believe he actually hit the ball. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) examines the… Continue reading The Jackie Robinson Story