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The baseball filmography 1915 through 2001
Erickson, Hal, 1950-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

Physical Description:
v, 552 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Revised edition of Baseball in the Movies: a comprehensive reference." p. 1
Baseball movies -- Baseball short subjects -- Baseball in non-baseball films.
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PN1995.9.B28 E7 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is a detailed look at the 111 fictional baseball films produced and released in the United States from 1915 through 2001. This expanded and updated version of the 1992 first edition covers 28 new films. New material includes an entry on 1978's Goodbye Franklin High (unavailable for the 1992 edition) and revisions to some entries after uncut versions of several silent and pre-1950 talkie baseball films were made available, among them Hit and Run (1924), The Battling Orioles (1924), Slide Kelly Slide (1927) and They Learned About Women (1930). Each entry contains full cast and production credits, year of release, production company, a synopsis, and a critique. Behind-the-scenes and background information is included. Two additional (and completely updated) sections cover baseball short subjects and baseball in non-baseball films. There is an extensive bibliography.

Author Notes

Hal Erickson is an editor for AMG All-Movie Guide, an on-line film and video database.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

An interesting mesh of America's pastime with "America's second pastime" (the movies), this update to Baseball in the Movies(McFarland, 1992) covers 29 feature films produced in the U.S. between 1991 and 2001, plus the 81 theatrical and television releases included in the first edition. Also added are several silent films, such as The Battling Oriolesand They Learned about Women. Entries are alphabetically arranged by name of film and are between 2 and almost 20 pages in length (for A League of Their Own). The work details films exhaustively, with complete cast lists, production credits, release dates, and thorough plot summaries. Where applicable, the plot summaries compare the films to the books on which they were based. The author comments on production issues, actors, shooting problems, and studio-versus-producer conflicts. Interesting facts are obviously derived from extensive research, such as Jackie Robinson being "compelled to alter his familiar batting stance in order to accommodate the camera's limited field of vision" in The Jackie Robinson Story.Black-and-white photos appearing every few pages are a mix of actual film clips, ads, posters, and backstage moments. Sections following the main entries discuss "Baseball Short Subjects" and "Baseball in Non-Baseball Films." An excellent bibliography and index add value The writing style makes this a very readable book suitable for secondary, public, and academic libraries. The author deserves a big "Atta boy!" RBB.

Choice Review

Erickson, an AMG All-Movie Guide editor and author of several popular culture works, including Syndicated Television (CH, Mar'90; revised 2002) and Television Cartoon Shows (CH, Apr'96), has revised Baseball in the Movies (CH, Oct'92), adding 29 films (for a total of 111 films) and revising several other entries. The alphabetically listed entries provide detailed background, including production information, and critical analysis of US "fictional" films, making his filmography more useful for reference than either Rob Edelman's Great Baseball Films: From Right Off the Bat to a League of their Own (1994) or Howard Good's Diamonds in the Dark (1997). Harvey Marc Zucker and Lawrence Babich provide good coverage of baseball films in Sports Films (1987), but their entries are much briefer, and their work has not been updated. Erickson's entries run from one page (e.g., Better Times) to 11 (e.g., For the Love of the Game). He also provides useful illustrations, and the index is excellent, with more than 7,000 references to named persons, films, and teams. Valuable for comprehensive baseball and film collections. R. A. Aken University of Kentucky

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 1
Introductionp. 5
Baseball Moviesp. 25
Baseball Short Subjectsp. 481
Baseball in Non-Baseball Filmsp. 499
Bibliographyp. 515
Indexp. 521