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September 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Where does "Moneyball" rank among your greatest sports movies?

Posted by Don Shelton

The new baseball movie "Moneyball" is getting great reviews, and plenty of buzz before its opening Friday across the country.

Apparently it has a funny script and an excellent cast, led by megastar Brad Pitt.

Forget about Oscar buzz, however. What we want to know is whether it merits consideration for our Golden Bat Award. Never heard of the Golden Bat? That's our award for the best baseball movies of all time.

This is a pretty tough lineup to crack. Think 1927 Yankees or the Big Red Machine.

No list of great baseball comedies -- or baseball movies, for that matter -- is complete without mentioning "Bull Durham," the 1988 movie starring Kevin Costner in his first of several baseball roles, as well as Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. And how about "Major League," the 1989 movie that starred Charlie Sheen before he went all tiger blood on us?

The list of great baseball movies is long and illustrious, though. And we want your nominations. We'll compile your favorites, ask you to vote next week and reveal your top choices. And I've even talked Larry Stone, our national baseball reporter who has interviewed Billy Beane (but not Brad Pitt), into revealing his favorite baseball movies next week.

We have some others in mind, but want to see what's on your list.

Swing away.

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