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The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot is about baseball the way Sex and the City is about shopping. It's there. There are the trappings of sports. But even if you've never sat through a sibling's little league game, it'll make you nostalgic for your childhood (only real '60s kids will get this).
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Why is Field of Dreams the free pass guys get for a tearjerker, and not Angels in the Outfield? It's like some kind of American Ninja Warrior-style challenge of holding in your emotions. Will you cry when baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt is abandoned by his father? Or when you learn that the even smaller, more adorable child once lived in a car? Oh, and what about when the star player doesn't realize he has cancer? Because if none of that gets you, the dramatic music will.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at this pitch meeting. Not to be confused with the Dennis Quaid film, The Rookie, which is all about abandoned dreams, Rookie of the Year is about a sixth grader allowed to play major league baseball after a broken arm basically becomes his radioactive spider bite. We're tempted to search through old issues of Time magazine to find the think piece, "Will New Film Spark Pre-Teen Arm Breaking Fad?"
Fever Pitch (2005)
Although technically it was about sports fanatics, this is actually a pretty interesting study on fans and fandom in general. At what point does a hobby become an obsession? If it looks crazy to people outside of the fandom, but not within, is it? Also, oh my god, look at how young Jimmy Fallon was!
Air Bud (1997)
The film that spawned 1,000 sequels, and even more puns. This heartwarming tale probably had more than one well-meaning '90s kid pelting their pet with sports equipment. I have to address the largest lie of the trailer, however — Buddy and his young owner are not unlikely friends. A lonely kid and a stray dog are actually the most likely to become friends.