10/11/2007 11:40 AM ET
'Field of Dreams' is top baseball film
Fans voted in poll inspired by new movie, 'The Final Season'
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Fans will decide whether "The Final Season" becomes an all-time classic. (Final Season, Inc.)
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Fans of baseball and its long, storied presence on the silver screen have spoken and the results are in.
In honor of the upcoming baseball movie "The Final Season," which opens nationwide Friday, MLB.com conducted a "What's Your Favorite Movie?" Sweepstakes in which fans were asked to vote on their favorite all-time film about the grand old game.
"The Final Season," which stars Powers Boothe, Rachael Leigh Cook and Sean Astin, chronicles the real-life 1991 season of the legendary high school team in Norway, Iowa, where a storied winning tradition was built over the course of two decades despite the fact that the town had less than 600 citizens and the school had less than 100 students.
Someday "The Final Season" might win its share of these votes, but our latest poll picked "Field of Dreams" as the No. 1 baseball movie of all time, and it wasn't close.
Of the over 20,000 total votes in the poll, the 1989 classic starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Amy Madigan led the way with 22.9 percent of the vote. "The Natural," the 1984 film based on the classic Bernard Malamud novel of the same name and starring Robert Redford, was next at 12.4 percent.
Rounding out the top three was 1988's "Bull Durham," also starring Costner, along with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. "Bull Durham" checked in with 9.2 percent of the vote.
The Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Wesley Snipes-powered comedy "Major League" was next at 8.5 percent, and "The Sandlot," which was directed by "The Final Season" director David Mickey Evans, completed the top five by garnering 6.8 percent of the vote.
The top 10 was rounded out with "A League of Their Own," "Fever Pitch," "For Love of the Game," "Pride of the Yankees" and "The Rookie."
There were interesting write-in votes, too, with the 1987 cable TV movie "Long Gone" getting the most nods for movies not on the official list. "Long Gone" is the story of the low-minor-league Tampico Stogies, and their manager, Cecil "Stud" Cantrell, played by William L. Petersen.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.