Minors in the Movies

 

 

 

It’s no secret that the minor leagues have been featured on the silver screen several times, whether in brief mentions or as the focal point of the entire film. On one side of the spectrum you have Bull Durham, which caused a boom in interest in the minor leagues and is considered by many to be the best baseball film ever. On the other side of the spectrum you have Major League: Back to the Minors.

For this project, I’m watching or re-watching these movies, and keeping a trained eye on some specific things. All of these films have real-life minor league teams in them, and I’m looking to catalog and (if possible) image-capture these teams. This includes not only the teams associated with the protagonists of the films, but also (or especially) the opposing teams. I hope you enjoy this series, and please contact me if you see a movie that is missing.

 

Reviewed:

 

42

year released: 2013

primary minor league team(s) featured: Montréal Royals

opponent/other teams: St. Paul Saints, Indianapolis Indians, Jersey City Giants

 

 

Bull Durham

year released: 1988

primary minor league team(s) featured: Durham Bulls, Asheville Tourists

opponent/other teams: Peninsula White Sox (mentioned), Hagerstown Suns, Winston-Salem Spirits, Fayetteville Generals, Greensboro Hornets, Salem Buccaneers, Billings Mustangs, Eugene Emeralds, Kinston Indians (alluded to), Bluefield Orioles (alluded to), Visalia Oaks (alluded to)

 

 

Major League: Back to the Minors 

year released: 1998

primary minor league team(s) featured: Salt Lake Buzz (as “South Carolina Buzz”), Fort Myers Miracle

opponent/other teams: Hudson Valley Renegades, New Britain Rock Cats, Cape Fear Crocs, Piedmont Boll Weevils, Charleston RiverDogs, Hickory Crawdads

 

 

Moneyball

year released: 2011

primary minor league team(s) featured: Tidewater Tides, Toledo Mud Hens, Lowell Spinners, Visalia Oaks

opponent/other teams: Syracuse Chiefs, San Jose Giants

 

 

The Rookie

year released: 2002

primary minor league team(s) featured: Orlando Rays, Durham Bulls

opponent/other teams: Carolina Mudcats, Birmingham Barons, Richmond Braves (likely), Charlotte Knights (maybe?), Norfolk Tides

 

 

Sugar

year released: 2008

primary minor league team(s) featured: Swing of the Quad Cities (as “Bridgetown Swing”)

opponent/other teams: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Burlington Bees, Great Lakes Loons, South Bend Silver Hawks (likely), Mahoning Valley Scrappers (maybe?), Wichita Wranglers (alluded to), Las Vegas Stars (indirectly)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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