In honor of the fact that pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training today, and the full squads report later in the week, I feel it’s the perfect time to reveal my 10 favorite baseball movies of all time.
And by far, hands down, my favorite movie is a HBO original starring William Peterson and Virginia Madison, “Long Gone”
The 1987 movie was about a Minor League Team (Tampico Stogies) playing ball in northern Florida in 1957. unfortunately this movie was made for HBO, and is extremely hard to find. Since ’87 (when I video taped it) I must’ve watched it 2 or 3 times a year, and before every Opening Day as my baseball ritual. It is by far my favorite baseball movie. The VHS tape started to wear, and just last year I was lucky enough to find a DVD copy on eBay…so I bought it, and the “Tampico Nine” will play on!