The 5 Best Baseball Movie Pitchers

Baseball Movie Pitchers
Billy Chapel (played by Kevin Costner) is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in "For The Love Of The Game." Photo credit: Ben Glass 1999 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

With a stagnant offseason, why not look at some of the best baseball movie pitchers of all time? But before we take a look at some of the best that toed the rubber on the big screen, we have to discredit some of the worst baseball movie pitchers.

The Worst Baseball Movie Pitchers

Henry Rowengartner, Rookie of the Year

I do not care what you say, a kid that was twelve years old got into the MLB because of a miracle. Once that miracle wore off, he was throwing slow pitch softballs to professional hitters. Of course, it is a movie, but I cannot reward a kid that just grew his first chest hair throwing ‘the floater’ to get MLB hitters out.

Gus and Carlos, The Benchwarmers

Ten dollars or not, Carlos is not twelve years old, and Gus? Gus is reliving his glory days against a bunch of little leaguers. Why not pitch to some professionals? Cowards.

The 5 Best Baseball Movie Pitchers

#5.) Steve Nebraska, The Scout

Arguably the worst movie out of the ones listed, The Scout is no doubt the worst. In the movie, Brendan Fraser’s Steve Nebraska throws an 81 pitch, 27 strikeout game in the World Series. He has an argument as the best baseball movie pitchers but the movie itself has to knock Nebraska down a notch.

#4.) Rick ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn, Major League

Vaughn certainly deserves a spot in the top five, but should not be near the top three. Of course, the Wild Thing makes the big save against the big bad Yankees, but let us not forget the trouble he caused with teammate Roger Dorn. That sort of action has to demote the former California Penal League standout.

If the clubhouse trouble was not enough to keep Vaughn out of the top three, what about the ‘Eliminator’ or the ‘Humiliator’? Yeah, keep the Wild Thing at four.

#3.) Ebby ‘Nuke’ Laloosh, Bull Durham

Although he may be a bit young, and a tad bit cocky, there is no denying the fact that the headstrong Nuke will show no quit when he toes the rubber. His accuracy may be in question, but once he starts breathing through his eyelids, his game improves and it makes him one of the best baseball movie pitchers.

#2.) Billy Chapel, For the Love of the Game

Chapel is a bit long of tooth, but that does not take away the knowledge and experience he brings to the table. The Tiger ace is a professional when he toes the rubber, and when he ‘clears the mechanism’ hitters better watch out!

#1.) Willie ‘Duke’ Mueller, Major League

The BEST pitcher in the 1989 baseball flick, was not even on the Indians. Can you believe it? The Duke may drill his own kid in a father-son game, but announcer Harry Doyle gives the watchers a very key tidbit of information about the Yankees arm. The Duke struck out 147 batters in 118 innings, good for an 11.9 K/9.

What Baseball Movie Pitchers Did I Miss?

Certainly, there are a ton! Who did I rank too low? too high? Who did I overlook? Tweet at me @craines38 or @baseball_oth who you think are some of the best (or worst) baseball movie pitchers!

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