Bull Durham

On shopworn minor-league catcher Crash Davis' list of things he believes in: the small of a woman's back, the hanging curveball, good scotch, outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter, and the sweet spot.

Atop many critics' lists as one of the best sports flicks of all time, 'Bull Durham,' the 1988 box-office home run, catapulted its stars' careers into the majors and sparked a national resurgence for minor-league baseball -- so much so that the historic Durham Athletic Park, where much of the movie was shot, was abandoned by the real-life Durham Bulls just a few years later for a shiny, new stadium down the road.

Kevin Costner stars as Crash Davis, who's knocked around the minors for a dozen years before being sent to groom the Bulls' hotshot, dumb-as-rocks pitcher Ebby LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) for an anticipated major-league career. Mentoring Ebby off-field is sex-oozing local Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), who traditionally targets one Bulls player per season to nurture in rather, um, untraditional ways. (Always wanted to see Tim Robbins don a garter belt? Here's your movie.) As the season journeys on, Crash and Annie's rapport becomes the stuff of real romance, while Crash and Ebby's mutual dreams of making it to "the show" -- as Crash reverentially refers to the majors, where he once spent "the 21 greatest days of my life" -- only manifest for one of them. (The runner-up, though, gets to paint Susan Sarandon's toenails while she's tied to a bed, so it's all good.)
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