Top Five Baseball Players That Should Have Biopics Made About Them

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by Corey Mansfield

There has been so many great players that have played baseball and it's impossible to tell the story of each player. Most of those stories rest in Cooperstown, NY at the National Baseball Hall Of Fame. A few movies or "biopics" have been made about players throughout the years including "Pride Of The Yankees," "The Babe," "Cobb," and most recently "42."

If I had my way here would be five players that Hollywood should make movies about: 

#1 Bob Feller - Feller was probably the greatest pitcher of his generation and was dominate during the 1940's. During this time he missed three complete seasons (1942-1944) when he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  At the same time his father was battling brain cancer and eventually succumbed to the disease. After the war was over Feller came back to Major League Baseball and dominated hitters once again. His story is not only about a baseball player but an American hero.  

#2 Josh Gibson  - Gibson was probably the greatest power hitter to never play in the major leagues. Some accounts having the catcher hitting 800 home runs during his 17-year career in the negro leagues. However, his story is more about tragedy than triumph. At the age of 18 his wife died while giving birth to their twins. Gibson also had drug problems that plagued him throughout his career. He died at the age of 35 of a stroke in 1947, the same year Jackie Robinson integrated baseball. 

#3 Hack Wilson - Like Gibson, Wilson's life was tragic. Wilson lost his mother at age seven and he quit school at a young age to work in locomotive factory while he played baseball. Eventually he had his contact purchased by the New York Giants and hall of fame manager John McGraw. During the 1920's he rivaled Babe Ruth and was considered of one the great players of the decade.  In 1930, he had arguably the greatest season in baseball history hitting 56 home runs and driving in a record 191 RBI. Wilson battled alcoholism which led to the downfall of his career. After baseball he had many failed business ventures and died penniless at the age of 48.

Hack Wilson (photo credit: ESPN Chicago, 50 Greatest Cubs)

Here's a snippet from his Wikipedia page:

"Wilson — once the highest-paid player in the National League — died penniless; his son, Robert, refused to claim his remains. NL President Ford Frick finally sent money to cover his funeral expenses. His gray burial suit was donated by the undertaker. In marked contrast to Babe Ruth's funeral, which had been attended by thousands just three months earlier, only a few hundred people were present for Wilson's services. He was buried in Rosedale Cemetery in the town where he made his professional playing debut, Martinsburg, West Virgina."

#4 Roberto Clemente - Arguably the greatest "5-tool" baseball player in history, Clemente played with heart and skill. During his 18 year career he hit .317 with 3,000 hits and twelve gold gloves. He died tragically on December 23, 1972 in a plane crash while flying to Nicaragua during a humanitarian effort following an earthquake.

#Joe Jackson - One of the greatest baseball players to ever grace a baseball field and is not in the hall of fame. Jackson was banned for life from Major League Baseball following his part in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Though Jackson and and seven other players were acquitted of fixing the 1919 World Series, newly appointed commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis saw enough evidence to ban them for life in 1920.  These events were chronicled in the movie "Eight Men Out." Jackson hit .384 with 12 home runs and 121 RBI in 1920, the final season of his career. For the rest of his life, Jackson tried to clear his name but to no avail. He died of a heart attack at the age of 64.


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