‘Baseball‘ is one of the most popular games in the United States. It has a huge following throughout the country and is a sport for which there are huge investments each year. The game, however, traces its origin back to England. There was a game called stoolball which was quite popular in England during the 15th century. This game was brought to America by the English and later it developed and modified into the game we call baseball. 1791 has been traced as the year when the first recorded mention of the term ‘baseball’ was used. New York Knickerbockers are the first ever professional American baseball team which played the game in accordance with the modern rules.
Interestingly, Abner Doubleday, a soldier during the Civil War was mistakenly granted the status of ‘Father of Baseball’ fifteen years after his death. Later, such a claim was dismissed by historians. Cricket was quite popular in America before the Civil War due to British colonialism, but after the war, baseball completely took over the fancy of the American people. Numerous movies, TV shows, and documentaries have been made about this popular sport. Here’s the list of really good baseball movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
5. Weeds On Fire (2016)
Who knew a baseball movie would come out of Hong Kong that will just sweep us off our feet? Yes, this is what exactly can be said about a film like ‘Weeds On Fire’. The movie is based on a true story and is about the formation and rise of the baseball team, Shatin Martins. The two central characters of the story are Lung and Wai. They are best friends and have managed to enroll in college. Their college is infamous as the students are extremely misbehaved and rowdy.
Both Lung and Wai, along with some of their friends, have been selected to be the members of the college’s baseball team. They started poorly but slowly began to improve. However, in one match, Wai gets involved in a fight and the coach replaces him with Lung. Feeling betrayed, Wai quits college and joins a criminal gang. Lung and the others manage to compete and reach the final of a junior championship. The movie has been well-praised by critics and has also won numerous awards. It was shot under extreme budget constraints.
4. The Phenom (2016)