What is it that makes baseball work so well for the movies?

I know very little about baseball and what little I do know is because of the movies, with the exception of boxing has any sport been featured in so many great movies?

Compare that with the most universal of world sports football or soccer as the American’s call it, how many great soccer movies none spring to mind perhaps only Escape to Victory rates a mention.

Baseball however ranges from the misfits make good of Major League and a League of their Own to the Arthurian allegory of the Natural via the true stories of Moneyball and Eight Men Out to the small town hero of Bull Durham and the fantastical Field of Dreams.

So what is it that makes baseball work so well for the movies?

Eight Men Out

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