Shieber: Baseball in the movies, hidden in plain sight

From SABR member Tom Shieber at Baseball Researcher on February 6, 2016:

There have been hundreds of movies in which baseball has played a prominent role, and countless others in which baseball makes a cameo appearance, but I get a special kick out of watching a movie and stumbling across a brief glimpse of baseball that is easily overlooked. In the past I have blogged about a number of movies that contain these instances of baseball “hidden in plain sight.”

In “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of”, I examine the appearance of a baseball photograph in John Huston’s film noir classic “The Maltese Falcon.” And in “You Know How to Whistle”, I research a photograph hanging on the wall of a room in the unforgettable Bogey and Bacall drama “To Have and Have Not.”

Most recently, I found a baseball picture literally hanging out in the “The Sting,” the winner of the Best Picture award at the Oscars in 1974. In the scene in which Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) argues with Doyle Lonnegon (Robert Shaw) following their poker game, there is a picture hanging on the wall of the train compartment.

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Originally published: February 9, 2016. Last Updated: February 9, 2016.