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1983 | 'The Natural'

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. TriStar Pictures
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