1983 | 'The Natural'

<b>The players:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003497" title="Robert Redford" href="/topic/entertainment/robert-redford-PECLB003497.topic">Robert Redford</a> as the aging, miracle rookie and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004166" title="Glenn Close" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/glenn-close-PECLB004166.topic">Glenn Close</a> as the love of his life -- also his inspiration to hit well.<br>
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<b>How it changed the game:</b> Before there could be a "Field of Dreams," there had to be a "Natural," which played with human emotions as if that was a sport unto itself. This wasn't so much a baseball movie as it was a mythmaking one -- romanticizing America's game and no doubt reminding many a father and son of a time that never existed. Also, Roy Hobbs' (Redford) bloody shirt no doubt inspired <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT006540" title="Curt Schilling" href="/topic/sports/baseball/curt-schilling-PESPT006540.topic">Curt Schilling</a>'s bloodied ALCS sock, another attempt at crafting a baseball fable.
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( TriStar Pictures / April 3, 2013 )

The players: Robert Redford as the aging, miracle rookie and Glenn Close as the love of his life -- also his inspiration to hit well.

How it changed the game: Before there could be a "Field of Dreams," there had to be a "Natural," which played with human emotions as if that was a sport unto itself. This wasn't so much a baseball movie as it was a mythmaking one -- romanticizing America's game and no doubt reminding many a father and son of a time that never existed. Also, Roy Hobbs' (Redford) bloody shirt no doubt inspired Curt Schilling's bloodied ALCS sock, another attempt at crafting a baseball fable.

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