So, let's assume there really is a baseball strike on the...

WINNERS AND LOSERS

June 26, 1994|By MILTON KENT NNTC

So, let's assume there really is a baseball strike on the horizon. True fans of the National Pasttime will need to turn somewhere, anywhere, for a baseball fix. You could watch the World Cup (yawn) or find solace from the cinema, which has produced no shortage of diamond-related flicks. "Winners and Losers" turns Siskel and Ebert to guide your baseball movie selections.

2(MOVIES.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..COMMENT

"Pastime" ... ..Winner .. .. .. .Little known gem about older

.. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ..white minor-leaguer befriending

.. .. .. . ... ... . .. .. .. ...young black phenom. It's worth

.. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. ... .the search.

"The Babe". ...Loser .. .. .. ..A tip for John Goodman: Next time

.. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ..they offer you a baseball movie,

.. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ..yabba-dabba don't.

"The Natural" .Winner .. .. .. .Ok, so Robert Redford's long in

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...the tooth to be a prospect, but

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...what a swing!

"Field of Dreams" ..Winner ... ..Best of them all. Anyone who says

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..they weren't choked up at the end

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...doesn't have tear ducts.

"Bull Durham" .. ...Winner .. ...Snappy dialogue, authentic feel

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...and Susan Sarandon, too. Brad

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...Pennington as "Nuke"? Sounds about

.. .. ... .. .. . ... .. .. .. ..right.

"The Babe Ruth Story" ..Loser .. So, exactly how did one of the

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...greatest players of all time get

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ..two clunker movies made about him?

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