The great thing about baseball movie trivia questions and answers is that they give you a chance to flex your mental acumen about both the diamond and the silver screen.
In that spirit, here are 21 baseball movie nuggets to get your trivia muscles warmed up …
Who played Roy Hobbs in The Natural?
Robert Redford played the title character in the 1984 film, The Natural.
What book was Field of Dreams based on?
The Field of Dreams movie was based on W.P. Kinsella’s 1980 book titled, Shoeless Joe.
Who played Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees?
Gary Cooper played Lou Gehrig
in Pride of the Yankees
, detailing the Hall of Famer’s life and battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Who played Babe Ruth in Pride of the Yankees?
played himself in the Gehrig biopic.
What historical baseball event is the subject of Eight Men Out?
Eight Men Out is the film version of Eliot Asinof’s 1963 book by the same title, both of which detailed the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal.
Who played Ty Cobb in the 1994 film Cobb?
Tommy Lee Jones played the fiery Ty Cobb in Cobb.
Who played Babe Ruth in the 1948 film The Babe Ruth Story?
William Bendix played the Sultan of Swat in the Ruth biopic.
Who played Jackie Robinson in the The Jackie Robinson Story?
Robinson played himself in the 1950 depiction of the life and times of the first black player in Major League Baseball.
What was the first baseball movie?
Thomas Edison produced the first baseball movie in 1898, a short called The Ball Game featuring two amateur teams playing each other.
Which team fields the Rookie of the Year in the 1993 film by the same name?
Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) plays for the Chicago Cubs
Which former Major League Baseball player starred in Soylent Green, among other movies?
Chuck Connors played Tab Fielding in Soylent Green
, just one among many film and TV gigs that also include the title role in The Rifleman
, a western series that ran from 1958 through 1963.
In addition to he MLB and acting careers, Connors also played basketball
for the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Which Kevin Costner baseball movie details life in the minor leagues?
Bull Durham, starring Costner, Susan Sarandon, Timothy Robbins, and others, chronicles the journey of veteran catcher Crash Davis (Costner) finishes out his long career in the minor leagues while playing for the Single-A Durham Bulls.
Where does owner Rachel Phelps want to move the Indians to in Major League?
Phelps pledges to move the Indians to Miami if attendance in Cleveland falls below 800,000.
How does Pedro Cerrano plan to guarantee victory in Major League?
Cerrano, played by Dennis Hayspert, is a Cuban refugee who wants to sacrifice a live chicken to ensure the Indians of a victory in the playoffs.
Who said, “There’s no crying in baseball!”?
Rockford Peaches manager Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks) told Evelyn Gardner (played by Bitty Schram), the team’s rightfielder, when she started crying during the coach’s rant.
Who played Jackie Robinson in the 42, the 2013 movie about the man who broke baseball’s color barrier?
The late Chadwick Boseman portrayed Robinson in 42, for which the acclaimed actor was nominated for several awards.
Whose story was the inspiration for The Rookie (2002)?
Jim Morris, who made his Major League debut at age 35 in 1999 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, was the inspiration for The Rookie. The lead role was played by Dennis Quaid.
Who played Willie Mays Hayes in Major League?
Wesley Snipes, who would later gain fame for his various action roles, starred as Willie Mays
Hayes, a fleet-footed but light-hitting outfielder for the Cleveland Indians
in the 1989 movie, Major League
Who played Roger Maris in 61*?
In one of his earlier film roles, veteran television actor Barry Pepper played Roger Maris in 61*
, chronicling the home run race of 1961 between Maris and New York Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle
. Mantle eventually fell off the pace, but Maris broke Babe Ruth’s record
of 60 home runs in a season by swatting his 61st on the final day of the season.
Thomas Jane played Mantle, Maris’ more ballyhooed teammate, who finished with 54 home runs in 1961.
Who played the lead role in Trouble with the Curve?
Clint Eastwood stars as aging baseball scout Gus in Trouble with the Curve, where he embarks on a scouting trip (probably his last) with his adult daughter (Amy Adams) in tow.
(Note: Most movie facts presented here have been culled from IMDb.com.)