Moneyball this date in 2011, the movie Moneyball debuted in U.S. theaters. The movie, about the statistics-based approach to putting together a team, earned $19.5 million in its opening weekend, finishing second after the 3D release of The Lion King. Overall, Moneyball earned $75.6 million in the United States and Canada and an additional $34.6 million in the rest of the world.

The movie was nominated for 73 awards, including six Academy Awards. It won the following:

  • African-American Film Critics Association award for Best Song, “The Show”
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • American Film Institute Movie of the Year
  • BMI Awards’ Film Music Award
  • Chicago Film Critics Association, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Gold Derby Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Detroit Film Critics Society, Best Screenplay
  • Golden Trailer Awards, Best Music TV Spot
  • National Society of Film Critic Awards, Best Actor (Brad Pitt)
  • New York Film Critics Circle – (1) Best Actor, Brad Pitt; and (2) Best Screenplay
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting (Brad Pitt)
  • San Diego Film Critics Society, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Toronto Film Critics Association, Best Screenplay

Not bad for a baseball movie! I think I’ll have to re-watch it this week.

~ baseballrebecca




More 2019 Baseball Exhibits

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“The Rookie,” by Norman Rockwell (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, has several baseball-themed events on its schedule. The first was held this past Saturday. The Curator of Education gave a talk on “Rockwell on Baseball.” Following the presentation, participants had the opportunity to “develop and record their own favorite baseball story.” The event will be held again today and will be repeated on July 6, when the museum hosts “Home Run! An All American Baseball Day,” its Family Festival Day. That event will include: hands-on art making, a game of catch on the lawn, and members of girls’ baseball leagues who will talk about the rend of girls playing baseball. In addition, vintage baseball equipment will be on display and representatives of the Tri-City ValleyCats will display items from their 2018 championship season.

Several baseball exhibits have opened (or are about to open) at museums across the country, since I last reported on this, including two that just opened in Detroit. Check out the list below.

 ~ baseballrebecca

Upcoming and Recent Openings:

Additional Exhibits closing in August or early September:


Baseball Exhibits in 2019

1547480147808It seems like there is always an interesting baseball exhibit at some non-baseball museum or library. Unfortunately, I often miss them. This year, however, I vow to at least get to the ones in Washington, DC. Here are the ones I’ve found so far:

Also on display this year are a few baseball-related exhibits. Through March 10 you can see the exhibit “A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY.  Currently, the Hershey Story Museum in Hershey, PA, has an exhibit on Hershey operations in Cuba, which includes photos and artifacts from the Hershey Sport Club baseball team and the baseball diamond built for company employees in Cuba.

In addition, two baseball-related museums are set to open this year: the Jackie Robinson Museum is scheduled to open in December in New York, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum also expects to open in Milwaukee, WI, this year.

And you may as well mark your calendars now for “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” which will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, in 2020.

~ baseballrebecca



Baseball and Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin passed away earlier today in her home in Detroit. The Queen of Soul sang the National Anthem at not one, but two World Series, and gave us this amazing version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame:”


In 2013, Aretha Franklin was awarded the Beacon of Change Award by Major League Baseball.

Thank you for your contributions to the world and, especially, to baseball – may you rest in peace, Ms. Franklin.

~ baseballrebecca