Eight Men Out (1988)

Rated R for maybe 4 bouts of potty-mouthedness.

Place your bets on the 36th edition of Scoring At The Movies. Or just listen to it and don’t bet at all because gambling is what got these guys in trouble in the first place. Eight Men Out is the authentic but somehow also fake-sounding dramatization of the fixed World Series from 100 years ago. Sometimes it feels just right and sometimes it feels like they want to jam all that old-timey straight down your piehole, whether you bushers want it jammed down there or not. Chris sets the record straight about some of the facts of this era and especially about the Black Sox trial while Ryan brings up an old pet peeve: the steroids v. gambling comparison. So get in your third-sacker stance (ugh) and hear our straight dope about John Sayles’ morose baseball picture.

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Pedantry Alert: Bull Durham came out in mid-June 1988, so it was not REALLY released “in the spring”. Also, the 1920 White Sox roster was indeed mostly the same, but 1919 was the last season of Chick Gandil’s nine-year career. Also also, it’s more accurate to say that Babe Ruth hit more home runs by himself than most teams did in 1920 when he hit 54, not in 1919 when he hit 29.

LINKS:

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

1988 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1988 in film

On Baseball Reference: the 1919 Chicago White Sox and the 1919 Cincinnati Reds and Pete Rose

Links to: Bull Durham and Field Of Dreams and Major League and Any Given Sunday

YouTube links: Shoeless Joe knocks out a three-bagger and the flat champagne and “Say it ain’t so, Joe” and the fellas are found not guilty and they’re banned anyway and old Shoeless Joe keeps playin’

Previously on Scoring At The Movies: Slap Shot

The Halloween episode of Scoring At The Movies: Lionheart + a chat about our favourite scary flicks