Best Baseball Movies Of All Time – “A Tribute To The Boys Of Summer”

With the start of summer within sight and the temperatures warming up, it only seems fitting to reflect on one of my favorite summertime interests…from way back in childhood memories to the present day…America, Baseball & Apple Pie…just seems to all go together. It seems like the one constant in life through all the years has been baseball, America’s National Pastime. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. And through all this, baseball has stood the test of time. This field – This game – It’s a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again. When James Earl Jones delivers these lines as writer Terence Mann near the end of Field of Dreams, it solidifies the fact that baseball is woven into the very fabric of our national consciousness. Simply put, baseball is baseball_memorabilia_collageAmerica (and vice versa). Keeping this in mind I’ve tried to put together a list of my favorite films about this wonderful game called baseball. This is by no means complete but instead a very comprehensive list. Originally it was going to be a ‘Top 10’ list but I had a hard time narrowing it down so I decided to do a ‘recommended must-see list’ instead. I started this compilation by thinking about not only films that featured “baseball” but also about movies that treated baseball as a ‘character’. It wasn’t long that I realized that those that fell into the later category were the ones I generally liked best and ultimately shifted my focus towards them. So, without further ado, the must-see films are as follows (not necessarily in any particular order but the first half dozen or so are definitely the ones that came to mind first).

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bulll_durhamBull Durham (1988)

starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Minor League team Durham Bulls, Class A, has spent a lot of money to acquire rookie phenom pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh. Crash Davis, a 12-year veteran catcher, has been assigned to Durham in hopes that he can mature the rookie pitcher who tends to get wild at times. When a beautiful and enigmatic groupie shows an interest in both players, Crash’s assignment gets interesting.

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field of dreams

Field Of Dreams (1989)

starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta

Struggling Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella obeys a voice telling him to replace part of his cornfield with a baseball field. Soon thereafter Ray experiences the appearance of Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other 1919 Chicago White Sox players. Ray continues to hear voices which leads him to a reclusive author to help him interpret the meaning of the messages and the field.

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the_naturalThe Natural (1984)

starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger

Roy Hobbs, a mysterious middle-aged ballplayer with an unknown past appears to play on a last place ball club, the Knights. When Hobbs begins to dominate and take the Knights into first place he must face the demons of his past. Can Hobbs continue his dominance while dealing with past and present off-field problems?

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Bang the drum

Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

starring Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty

Teams come together on the field in the spirit of competition; however, teams form a brotherhood when they come together in the spirit of friendship. When a New York baseball team’s catcher discovers he has a terminal illness, it’s the strength of his team of friends that make his last year as a baseball player one to remember.

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pride-of-the-yankeesThe Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan

Follow the life of Lou Gehrig, famous NY Yankee first baseman who was nicknamed “The Iron Horse” for playing in 2,130 consecutive games. Gehrig eventually falls to a deadly nerve disease (ALS), which has since been name after him. This classic takes you from Gehrig’s childhood in New York, through his playing days, to his famous ‘Luckiest Man Alive’ farewell speech in 1939.

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Major League (1989)

starring Tom Berrenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin BernsenMajorLeague

She’s beautiful, smart, goal-oriented, and she just inherited the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, she wants to move the franchise to Miami, and a losing season is her only ticket to Florida. So she signs the wildest gang of screwballs that ever spit tobacco. They’re handsome but hopeless! Her catcher (Tom Berenger) is a washed-up womanizer who struck out in life. Her ace pitcher (Charlie Sheen) is a punked-out crazy who struck out with the law. And her third baseman (L.A. Law’s Corbin Bernsen) is more concerned about fielding endorsements than grounders. Throw in a busload of other misfits and you’ve hot yourself a hilarious line-up that’s destined for disaster.

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Bad News BearsThe Bad News Bears (1976)

starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow

Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau), a drunken ex-ballplayer, is forced to coach a local little league team of misfits. Buttermaker is more interested in beer and babes until he grows tired of seeing the team lose. In an effort to change things around, Buttermaker begins to teach the kids how to play and recruits 2 new ballplayers. Still a crazy bunch, the team begins to make drastic improvements and now has a shot at the title.

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The Stratton Story (1949)

starring Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morganstrattonstory

Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton is an affable long drink of water with an easy, whip-like delivery and a pitch so unhittable the young phenom racks up consecutive 15-win seasons. But Stratton’s greatest victory doesn’t come on the manicured green diamonds of our national pastime. James Stewart portrays Stratton, who loses a leg in an accident just as his career is on the rise…and whose triumph over despair and disability leads him to pitch again. Stewart signed on for the role when he realized the film would be an inspiration to injured World War II GIs. The film still inspires. Awarded an Oscar?* for Best Motion Picture Story, directed by Sam Wood (The Pride of the Yankees) and supported by a top cast that includes real-life ballplayers, The Stratton Story is sports biography at its best.

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league_of_their_ownA League Of Their Own (1992)

starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Jon Lovitz

Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) has been hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943 while the male pros are at war. Dugan, now a drunk has-been, unexpectedly discovers these girls can play ball! Now Dugan must manage the Rockford Peaches as they try to swing their way to a World Series title. This film is based on a true story.

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Eight Men Out (1988)8menoutdvd

starring John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen

It’s 1919 and the Chicago White Sox are considered a lock to win the World Series. White Sox owner, Charles Comiskey, is a penny-pinching, over-involved manager who underpays his players. A group of hustlers and gamblers look to take advantage of this opportunity by offering select White Sox players extra cash for throwing the World Series. When the White Sox are defeated, a few sports writers suspect a fix, bringing scandal to America’s favorite pastime.

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the_rookieThe Rookie (2002)

starring Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Angus T Jones

Jim Morris once dreamed of becoming a big leaguer. But an injury to his pitching arm while playing in the minors forced Morris out of the game. Twelve years have passed and Morris, now coaching a last place high school baseball team. Seeing that Morris still has some juice left in his arm, his team makes a deal that forces Morris to try out for a Major League team. After throwing a 98mph fastball, the aging Morris is signed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays giving him a second shot at “the Show”.

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the_sandlot

The Sandlot (1993)

starring Brandon Quintin Adams, Karen Allen, James Earl Jones

Scotty Smalls is new to the neighborhood, but his lack of baseball talent is making it hard for Smalls to fit in. When Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez recruits Smalls to play with his neighborhood gang at a nearby sandlot, a whole new summer experience awaits.

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love-of-gameFor Love Of The Game (1999)

starring Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

Detroit Tiger legend Billy Chapel is pitching what may be the final game of his career. Chapel, facing the Yankees, begins to flashback to the last 4 years spent with the women he loves, Jane Aubrey, who earlier that day told him it was over and she was taking a job in London. As the game unfolds Chapel realizes how much Jane meant to him … and that he’s got a perfect game going! Now Chapel wonders if he can win her back and if his aging arm can complete the perfect game.

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61* (2001)61

starring Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane

It was the summer of 1961. New York Yankees Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle both took on Babe Ruth’s sacred record of 60 home runs in one season. Two opposites fighting for the same goal. Yankees goldenboy vs. a hard hitting Midwesterner. For baseball lovers this would be an unforgettable moment in time.

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cobbCobb (1994)

starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl

Tyrus Raymond Cobb played baseball like a man charging a machine-gun nest. He gave no quarter, took no prisoners. And when his Hall of Fame career was over, Ty Cobb attacked life the same way. Tommy Lee Jones portrays the legendary – and equally cheered and detested – Georgia Peach in this acclaimed film from writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Dark Blue), also starring Robert Wuhl and Lolita Davidovich. From its recapturing of the outfielder’s playing days (Roger Clemens portrays a rival pitcher) to its recreation of a 1961 Hall of Fame banquet, Cobb is a movie grand slam.

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SoulGame

Soul Of The Game (1996)

starring Delroy Lindo, Edward Herrmann, Blair Underwood

In 1945, the world of baseball was divided between the Majors and the Negro Leagues – but the time has come for change. Will Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson or Jackie Robinson be the first to take the field in the Majors?

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fever_pitchFever Pitch (2005)

starring Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon

High school teacher and Boston Red Sox fan Ben Wrightman meets successful businesswomen Lindsey Meeks and they immediately hit it off. Despite being from very different worlds, their relationship seems to be perfect … until Opening Day! Now Lindsay is introduced to another love in Ben’s life, his obsession with the Red Sox.

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bingo_long_traveling_allstars

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor

Period road comedy about baseball players abandoning Negro League for lively traveling road show. Its sharp satire, energetic performances has made it a cult classic amongst African-American cinema fans, and baseball-lovers.

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the_babeThe Babe (1992)

starring John Goodman, Kelly McGillis

John Goodman stars as Babe Ruth in this biopic of the NY Yankee legend. Follow Ruth as he’s abandoned by his father at an orphanage, through his legendary baseball career yet struggling personal life and finally to his retirement from the game. Relive Babe’s unforgettable memories and dynamite swing.

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Hardball (2001)hardball

starring Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

Connor O’Neill, a compulsive gambler, has reluctantly agreed to coach a Little League team from a housing project in Chicago in exchange for cash to payback his gambling debt. Surprisingly, O’ Neill gains a new outlook on life once he gets to know his inner-city ballplayers and realize what’s really important in life.

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mr_3000Mr. 3000 (2004)

starring Bernic Mac, Angela Bassett

It’s been nine years since Milwaukee Brewer Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) hit his 3,000th career hit and then suddenly retired. Ross, a now successful entrepreneur, learns that 3 of his hits were counted twice giving him just 2,997. Ross must now come out of retirement and fight old age, the media, disgruntled teammates and his own ego to capture those 3 remaining hits.

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Pastime (1991)pastime

starring William Russ, Glenn Plummer

It’s 1957 and Roy Dean Bream is a minor league has-been who’s love for the game is the only thing that keeps him playing. When the team signs black rookie pitcher Tyrone Debray, Bream sees that Debray may have the talent to do things he only dreamed of. This unlikely friendship tears down all racial barriers and inspires both ballplayers to become more than they imagined.

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mickeyMickey (2004)

starring Harry Connick Jr., Shawn Salinas

Attorney Tripp Spence, recently-widowed and father to talented 13-year old pitcher Derrick, finds himself wanted by the IRS for tax evasion. Hoping to run from trouble they flee to Las Vegas and assume new identities. Derrick become 12-year old ‘Mickey’ and Tripp signs him up for a second final year of Little League. However, when ‘Mickey’ leads his team to the Little League World Series he begins to receive national attention. Now fugitive Tripp must try to stay under the radar while his son is pitching on ESPN.

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The Benchwarmers (2006)benchwarmers

starring David Spade, Rob Schneider, Jon Heder

Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder star in this comedy about three guys (Schneider, Spade, Heder) who, all their lives, have been living in the shadow of bullies and are determined not to take it anymore. Now they must train with the help of Mel (Jon Lovitz) to take on the most offensive and meanest Little League teams. Also starring Craig Kilborn, Tim Meadows, Nick Swardson, and Molly Sims.

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summercatchSummer Catch (2001)

starring Freddie Prinze Jr, Jessica Biel, Matthew Lillard, Brian Dennehy

Local pitcher Ryan Dunne will spend the summer in the Cap Cod League, along with hundreds of other top young prospects fresh out of college. Dunne has been blessed with a great arm but must battle the death of his mother, player rivalries, pressure from the local fans and the pursuit of a beautiful young rich girl. Dunne will need to learn how to push all these distractions aside to focus on his game. His aspirations of becoming a major league ball player depend upon it.

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hustle

Hustle (2004)

starring Tom Sizemore

An ESPN Original Movie about the true story of hit king Pete Rose and the allegations brought against him about betting on baseball. Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” for his play on the field, Rose took that same aggressive reputation off the field which ultimately led to lifetime banishment from the game he loved.

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littlebigleagueLittle Big League (1994)

starring Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton, Ashley Crow

When 12 year-old Billy Heywood inherits the Minnesota Twins from his grandfather, his first order of business is naming himself as the manager! Now this baseball genius is put to the test. How does this know-it-all kid going to deal with batting slumps, pampered egos and labor disputes? Manager Billy will attempt to turn these players into a team and remind them how to love the game again. This is a movie your whole family can enjoy.

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Talent For The Game (1991)

starring Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, Jeff Corbetttalent_for_the_game

California Angels scout Virgil Sweet will lose his job if he doesn’t produce a phenom soon. When his car breaks down on an old country road it proves to be a blessing in disguise as Virgil discovers hard-throwing Sammy Bodeen. Despite having no pro ball experience, Virgil is able to convince the fireballer to sign with the Angels. Wanting to make a quick buck, Angels ownership launches a massive marketing campaign promoting the newcomer. Sammy, a good ole’ country boy, just wants to play ball and now Virgil is caught in the middle of the fiasco.

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long-goneLong Gone (1987)

starring William Peterson, Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney

A television movie set in the 1950s, about a minor-league baseball team, led by Cecil “Stud” Cantrell. Cantrell is the player-manager of the Tampico Stogies, a third-rate team comprised of has-beens and no-talents. However, a series of events changes his luck, and the team finally becomes pennant-winning material.

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Mr. Baseball (1992)mr_baseball

starring Tom Selleck

When has-been baseball player Jack Elliot (Selleck) is signed by a Japanese team, he is initially reluctant to take the game seriously. Elliot is very successful, though, as he teaches the team about American chutzpah, and they remind him of the value of respect. He must fight his way out from under a slump to show that he deserves the title.

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rookie_of_the_yearRookie Of The Year (1993)

starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall

Little Leaguer Henry Rowengartner is a huge Chicago Cubs fan but not much of a ballplayer. His lack of ability and clumsiness lead to a broken throwing arm. However, soon after his cast is removed, Henry attends a Cubs game where he and the entire stadium discover that his newly healed arm is throwing 100 mph! The last-place Cubs sign Henry and now he is their new star. But can Henry and his arm handle all of the pressure of being a professional ballplayer and leading the Cubs out of the cellar?

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The Fan (1996)

starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkinthe_fan

Bobby Rayburn has just signed a $40 million contract with the San Francisco Giants and his biggest fan, Gil Renard, is thrilled that Rayburn will be playing in his hometown. When Renard, a knife salesman, loses visitation rights to his son and then his job he becomes obsessed with following the Giants and Rayburn. Rayburn falls into a slump Renard is there to “help” him out. However, Rayburn doesn’t respond the way Renard expects. Renard turns psychotic on Rayburn by kidnapping his son with an ultimatum…hit a home run or else!

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American_PastimeAmerican Pastime (2007)

starring Gary Cole, Aaron Yoo, Leonardo Nam, Sarah Drew

Illustrating the healing power of baseball and being part of a team with a common cause, American Pastime follows Japanese-American families during the 1940s. The struggle of living in internment camps only served to make them question themselves as much as some others were questioning them. Baseball gave an outlet for their frustration and a sense of fulfillment they weren’t able to find elsewhere at the time.

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Angels In The Outfield (1951)

starring Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynnangels_in_the_outfield_1951

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice of an angel promising him help for the team if he will mend his ways. As he does so, an orphan girl who is a Pirates fan and has been praying for the team begins noticing angels on the ballfield. Sure enough, the Pirates start winning, and McGovern tries to turn his life around. But can he keep his temper long enough for the Pirates to win the NL pennant?

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Angels_in_the_outfield2Angels In The Outfield (1994)

starring Danny Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

Starring Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christoper Lloyd. Danny Glover plays the frustrated coach of the California Angels, a struggling team of major-league misfits who don’t have a prayer of winning the pennant-until an 11-year-old fan makes …    Full Descriptiona pitch to the umpire in the sky. With it’s dazzling special effects and heartwarming story, Disney’s magical feel-good movie will make a believer out of you.

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Angels In The Infield (2000)

starring Brittney Irvin, David Alan Grierangels_in_the_infield

The Anaheim Angels Eddie “Steady” Everett’s career has begun to tank and now he is forced to be a father to his 10-year old daughter, something he was never good at. An error that Eddie made years ago in the American League pennant still haunts him which led to the demise of his confidence and his family. Hoping to restore both Dad’s confidence and their family, daughter Laurel prays that God would help Eddie pitch the way he used to. The real curveball comes when a team of second-string angels are sent to answer the prayer.

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Brewsters MillionsBrewster’s Millions (1985)

starring Richard Pryor, John Candy

Richard Pryor is Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball pitcher who discovers he has to blow $30 million on 30 days as a condition to inherit a much greater fortune. And the catch? He will forfeit everything if he reveals to a soul the real reason he seems to be throwing away all that cash. With the help of his pal Spike (John Candy), they set off on a frantic spending spree.

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The Bronx Is Burning (2007)bronx_is_burning

starring Max Casella, Loren Dean, Charles S. Dutton

In 1977, Major league Baseball has officially inaugurated the free agent market. Reggie Jackson signed a contract with the Yankees and soon brings controversy to the club, causing his fellow teammates especially, Thurman Munson to not like him. Plus, manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner have private arguments about Jackson and the team. Meanwhile, other things are happening in New York as a killer calling himself as “The Son Of Sam,” and the infamous blackout.

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That was an exhaustive list to say the least. I realize also that it’s subjective to one’s own likes and personality, however there should be enough variety here to please all ages and tastes .

I welcome your input as well as suggestions of what may have been some of your favorites that I left out. Please feel free to comment.

What are your favorite baseball movies?

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Tamiflu Strongly Urged by CDC For Pregnant Women Who Get Swine Flu

If you’re pregnant, you’re at such high risk of complications such as pneumonia, dehydration and premature labor that you should be treated at once with the antiviral drug Tamiflu — even though it is not normally recommended in pregnancy. Because a positive test for the new H1N1 flu can take days Tamiflu should be given to any pregnant patient with flu symptoms and a history of likely contact with someone else with swine flu.
Up until now, swine flu has not proven to be much more dangerous than seasonal influenza. It is not clear whether pregnant women catch swine flu more often than other people, but in general, the flu poses additional risks for pregnant women.

Pregnancy weakens a woman’s immune system so that she is more likely to suffer pneumonia when she catches the flu. In previous flu pandemics, infection also raised the risk of a premature birth claims the CDC.

Pregnant women with asthma and some other health conditions are particularly at risk for complications.

The Center For Disease Control streeses the need to get the word out about the likely benefits of prompt antiviral treatment” for pregnant women.

Still, the flu medicines’ effectiveness is somewhat limited, studies have shown. They can relieve symptoms and shorten the disease by about a day. They only work if started within 48 hours of first symptoms. Little is known about whether they cut the chances of serious flu complications.

Tamiflu is not normally recommended for use by pregnant women because the effects on the unborn child are unknown, according to Roche Laboratories, it’s creator.

The CDC and the World Health Organization said case histories in Mexico and the United States suggested that pregnancy was emerging as a risk factor rivaling asthma, diabetes, immuno-suppression and cardiovascular disease.

American doctors are reluctant to prescribe flu drugs for pregnant women unless they develop severe symptoms such as pneumonia, and pregnant women often are reluctant to take any medication. A pregnant woman is at higher risk from any flu because hormonal changes depress the immune system to protect the growing fetus.

The CDC recommendation emerged as it was becoming clear that the epidemic in the U.S. would mirror the epidemic in Mexico and similar rates of severe illness should be expected.
By contrast, the outbreak across Europe is spreading more slowly because the Europeans aggressively treat every suspected mild case with Tamiflu, health officials confirmed.

The U.S. now has more than 3,000 confirmed cases — two-thirds in people under 18 — but only 116 hospitalizations. Officials said they thought that the actual number of infections was much higher, and that infections were still occurring.

CDC officials said the swine flu may seem to be mild now, but they worried the virus would mutate into something more dangerous.

There is much that scientists are still learning about this flu. Many people suffering from swine flu — even those who are severely ill — do not have fever, an odd feature of the new virus that could increase the difficulty of controlling the epidemic, according to Richard Wenzel, a leading American infectious-disease expert who last week examined cases in Mexico.

Another concern is that it will combine with the seasonal flu virus that went around over the winter. That virus was not unusually virulent, but it was resistant to Tamiflu — the current first-line defense against the new swine flu.

If the two virus strains combine, it is possible that the swine flu will become resistant to Tamiflu as well, health officials worry.

Songs About Summer & Summertime

 

With temperatures heating up and the official start of summer just around the corner I thought I’d throw together a list of sorts for those of you wishing to put together a compilation cd or mp3 playlist of wonderful memories of summer of years past. I tried to cover a vast time frame as well as genre range so this  will benefit  multiple generations. The artist who had a hit or was most associated with the song is listed after each title. The songs are also listed in chronological order (by year of release) to make it easier to skip down to those years within your recollection. I’m  sure this is not complete (but very comprehensive) and only covers those songs that actually charted or received mainstream airplay. I also focused on songs that actually contained the word “summer” or “summertime” somewhere in the title. I’m well aware there are tons of other songs out there that “evoke” summer thoughts and feelings. For the record, I listed just a few other honorable mentions at the end of this long list of songs and/or artists that refer to summer in the lyrics.

Kick back and let these songs  help you reminisce about summer’s past 🙂

Songs About Summer & Summertime

  1. In The Good Old Summer Time (?)
  2. Summertime – George Gershwin (?)
  3. Summertime – Billie Holiday (1936)
  4. Soft Summer Breeze – Eddie Heywood (1956)
  5. Song For A Summer Night – Mitch Miller & His Gang (1956)
  6. Summertime – Sam Cooke (1957)
  7. Can’t Wait For Summer – Steve Lawrence (1957)
  8. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran (1958)
  9. One Summer Night – Danleers (1958)
  10. Lazy Summer Night – The Four Preps (1958)
  11. Summertime Summertime – The Jamies (1958)
  12. Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller (1959)
  13. Summer’s Gone – Paul Anka (1960)
  14. Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith & His Orchestra (1960)
  15. Green Leaves Of Summer – Brothers Four (1960)
  16. Summer Souvenirs – Karl Hammel Jr. (1961)
  17. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer – Nat King Cole (1963)
  18. My Summer Love – Ruby & The Romantics (1963)
  19. That Sunday, That Summer – Nat King Cole (1963)
  20. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard (1963)
  21. Wonderful Summer – Robin Ward (1963)
  22. A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy (1964)
  23. All Summer Long – The Beach Boys (1964)
  24. Summer Nights – Marianne Faithfull (1965)
  25. Summertime – Billy Stewart (1966)
  26. Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra (1966)
  27. Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966)
  28. Happy Summer Days – Ronnie Dove (1966)
  29. Lonely Summer – Shades Of Blue (1966)
  30. Summer Samba (So Nice) – Walter Wanderley (1966)
  31. Summer Rain – Johnny Rivers (1967)
  32. Groovy Summertime – The Love Generation (1967)
  33. Summer’s Almost Gone – The Doors (1968)
  34. Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer (1968)
  35. Hot Fun In The Summertime – Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
  36. Summer Wine – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood (1969)
  37. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry (1970)
  38. On The Beach (In The Summertime) – The 5th Dimension (1970)
  39. Summertime Blues – The Who (1970)
  40. Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn (1971)
  41. Theme From Summer Of ’42 – Peter Nero (1971)
  42. It’s Summer – The Temptations (1971)
  43. Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts (1972)
  44. Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro (1973)
  45. How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Cheech & Chong (1974)
  46. Wombling Summer Party – The Wombles (1974)
  47. Summer Love – Sherbet (1975)
  48. Summer – War (1976)
  49. Summer Nights – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John [Grease] (1978)
  50. Hot Summer Nights – Night (1979)
  51. Summertime Blues – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (1982)
  52. Suddenly Last Summer – The Motels (1983)
  53. Cruel Summer – Banarama (1984)
  54. The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley (1984)
  55. Farewell My Summer Love – Michael Jackson (1984)
  56. Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams (1985)
  57. Summer Of Love – The B-52’s (1985)
  58. Summertime Girls – Y & T (1985)
  59. Summer Nights – Van Halen (1986)
  60. Rain In The Summertime – The Alarm (1987)
  61. Endless Summer Nights – Richard Marx (1988)
  62. Summer Wind – Desert Rose Band (1988)
  63. Summer Of Love – Jefferson Airplane (1989)
  64. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1991)
  65. The Other Side of Summer – Elvis Costello
  66. Summer Song – Joe Satriani (1992)
  67. That Summer – Garth Brooks (1993)
  68. Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson (1994)
  69. Summer’s Comin’ – Clint Black (1995)
  70. Summertime – Sundays  (1997)
  71. Cruel Summer – Ace Of Base (1998)
  72. Summer Girls – LFO (1999)
  73. Six-Pack Summer – Phil Vassar (2001)
  74. Girls Of Summer – Aerosmith (2002)
  75. The Boys Of Summer – The Ataris (2003)
  76. Summertime – Kenny Chesney (2005)
  77. Sunshine & Summertime – Faith Hill (2006)
  78. Summertime – Bon Jovi (2007)
  79. Summer Love – Justin Timberlake (2007)
  80. All Summer Long – Kid Rock (2008)

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JUST UPDATED: Over 50+ New Songs have been added since the original list above that I posted last summer…

UPDATED ALPHABETICAL LIST of SUMMER SONGS

July/2010

  1. A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy (1964)
  2. A Warm Summer Night – Chic
  3. All Summer Long – The Beach Boys (1964)
  4. All Summer Long – Kid Rock (2008)
  5. Can’t Wait For Summer – Steve Lawrence (1957)
  6. Celebrated Summer – Husker Du
  7. Cruel Summer – Banarama (1984)
  8. Cruel Summer – Ace Of Base (1998)
  9. Dusk & Summer – Dashboard Confessional (2006)
  10. Electric Music & The Summer People – Beck
  11. Endless Summer Nights – Richard Marx (1988)
  12. Farewell My Summer Love – Michael Jackson (1984)
  13. Feel Good Hit of The Summer – Queens of The Stone Age
  14. Feels Like Summer Again – The Wallflowers
  15. Flip Flop Summer – Kenny Chesney (2007)
  16. Girls In Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen (2007)
  17. Girls Of Summer – Aerosmith (2002)
  18. Green Leaves Of Summer – Brothers Four (1960)
  19. Groovy Summertime – The Love Generation (1967)
  20. Happy Summer Days – Ronnie Dove (1966)
  21. Happy Summer Time – R. Kelly
  22. Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller (1959)
  23. Hot Fun In The Summertime – Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
  24. Hot Summer Day – It’s A Beautiful Day
  25. Hot Summer Day – Danny Kirwan
  26. Hot Summer Girls – Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids
  27. Hot Summer Nights – Night (1979)
  28. Hot Summer Nights – Walter Egan
  29. How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Cheech & Chong (1974)
  30. Idiot Summer – Gin Blossoms
  31. In The Good Old Summer Time (?)
  32. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry (1970)
  33. In The Summertime – Shaggy featuring Rayvon
  34. Indian Summer – Sidney Bechet
  35. Indian Summer – The Doors
  36. Indian Summer – Poco
  37. Indian Summer – Brooks & Dunn
  38. It’s Summer – The Temptations (1971)
  39. It’s Summertime – The Flaming Lips
  40. Jewel of the Summertime – Audioslave
  41. Last Summer – Lost Prophets
  42. Lazy Summer Night – The Four Preps (1958)
  43. Lonely Summer – Shades Of Blue (1966)
  44. Lonely Summer Nights – Stray Cats
  45. Long Hot Summer Night – Jimi Hendrix
  46. Long Summer Days – EMF
  47. Looking For The Summer – Chris Rea
  48. My Summer Love – Ruby & The Romantics (1963)
  49. On The Beach (In The Summertime) – The 5th Dimension (1970)
  50. One Summer Dream – Electric Light Orchestra
  51. One Summer Night – The Diamonds
  52. One Summer Night – The Danleers (1958)
  53. Our Last Summer – ABBA
  54. Picnic In The Summertime – Deee-Lite
  55. Rain In The Summertime – The Alarm (1987)
  56. Sausalito Summer Nights – Diesel (1981)
  57. Six-Pack Summer – Phil Vassar (2001)
  58. Soft Summer Breeze – Eddie Heywood (1956)
  59. Someone Somewhere In Summertime – Simple Minds
  60. Song For A Summer Night – Mitch Miller & His Gang (1956)
  61. Suddenly Last Summer – The Motels (1983)
  62. Summer – War (1976)
  63. Summer – John Denver
  64. Summer – Smashing Pumpkins
  65. Summer – Sum 41
  66. Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro (1973)
  67. Summer Babe – Pavement
  68. Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts (1972)
  69. Summer Breezin’ – Diana King
  70. Summer Cannibals – Patti Smith
  71. Summer Day – Dar Williams
  72. Summer Day – Sheryl Crow
  73. Summer Days – Bob Dylan
  74. Summer Days – Blackfoot
  75. Summer Fling – k. d. lang
  76. Summer Girl – Jessica Andrews (2005)
  77. Summer Girls – LFO (1999)
  78. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard (1963)
  79. Summer Holiday – Chris Isaak
  80. Summer In Siam – The Pogues
  81. Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966)
  82. Summer Lady – Santana
  83. Summer Love – Sherbet (1975)
  84. Summer Love – Justin Timberlake (2007)
  85. Summer Madness – Kool & The Gang
  86. Summer Means Fun – Bruce & Terry (1964)
  87. Summer Moved On – A-Ha
  88. Summer Nights – Marianne Faithfull (1965)
  89. Summer Nights – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John [soundtrack from Grease] (1978)
  90. Summer Nights – Van Halen (1986)
  91. Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams (1985)
  92. Summer of Love – Melanie
  93. Summer of Love – Jefferson Airplane (1989)
  94. Summer of Love – The B-52’s (1985)
  95. Summer of Love – 311
  96. Summer Rain – Johnny Rivers (1967)
  97. Summer Rain – Belinda Carlisle
  98. Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song) – Incubus
  99. Summer Samba (So Nice) – Walter Wanderley (1966)
  100. Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn (1971)
  101. Summer Side of Life – Gordon Lightfoot
  102. Summer Soft – Stevie Wonder
  103. Summer Song – Joe Satriani (1992)
  104. Summer Souvenirs – Karl Hammel Jr. (1961)
  105. Summer Sunshine – The Corrs
  106. Summer Was A Bummer – Wade Hayes
  107. Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra (1966)
  108. Summer Wind – Desert Rose Band (1988)
  109. Summer Wine – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood (1969)
  110. Summer’s Almost Gone – The Doors (1968)
  111. Summer’s Comin’ – Clint Black (1995)
  112. Summer’s End – Foo Fighters
  113. Summer’s Here – James Taylor (1981)
  114. Summer’s Gone – Paul Anka (1960)
  115. Summerday Sands – Jethro Tull
  116. Summertime – George Gershwin (?)
  117. Summertime – Billie Holiday (1936)
  118. Summertime – Sidney Bechet
  119. Summertime – Sam Cooke (1957)
  120. Summertime – Billy Stewart (1966)
  121. Summertime – Janis Joplin
  122. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1991)
  123. Summertime – The Sundays  (1997)
  124. Summertime – Kenny Chesney (2005)
  125. Summertime – Bon Jovi (2007)
  126. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran (1958)
  127. Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer (1968)
  128. Summertime Blues – The Who (1970)
  129. Summertime Blues – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (1982)
  130. Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson (1994)
  131. Summertime Fever – Tracy Byrd
  132. Summertime Girls – Y & T (1985)
  133. Summertime Summertime – The Jamies (1958)
  134. Sunshine & Summertime – Faith Hill (2006)
  135. Sweet Summer Lovin’ – Dolly Parton
  136. That Summer – Garth Brooks (1993)
  137. That Sunday, That Summer – Nat King Cole (1963)
  138. The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley (1984)
  139. The Boys Of Summer – The Ataris (2003)
  140. The First Day of Summer – Tony Carey
  141. The Last Day of Summer – The Cure
  142. The Other Side of Summer – Elvis Costello
  143. The Summer – Yo La Tengo
  144. The Things We Did Last Summer – Shelley Fabares
  145. Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith & His Orchestra (1960)
  146. Theme From Summer Of ’42 – Peter Nero (1971)
  147. This Ain’t The Summer of Love – Blue Oyster Cult
  148. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer – Nat King Cole (1963)
  149. What’s Gonna Happen When Summer’s Gone – Freddy Cannon
  150. Wombling Summer Party – The Wombles (1974)
  151. Wonderful Summer – Robin Ward (1963)

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Honorable Mention: Here are some other infectious songs of the season, however these do not contain the word “summer” or “summertime” in the title but deserve a plug here anyway.

School’s Out (Alice Cooper), Soak Up The Sun (Sheryl Crow), The Rain The Park & Other Things (The Cowsills), Beach Baby (First Class), Vacation (Go Go’s), Lazy Day (Spanky & Our Gang), Groovin’ (The Rascals), Saturday In The Park (Chicago), See You In September (The Happenings), Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding), Penny Lane (The Beatles), Fishing In The Dark (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), WipeOut (The Surfaris), Pipeline (The Chantays), Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves), Take It Easy (The Eagles), Drift Away (Dobie Gray & Uncle Kracker), Heads Carolina, Tails California (JoDee Messina), Chattahoochee (Alan Jackson), Pacific Coast Party (Smash Mouth), Pinch Me (Barenaked Ladies), American Dream (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Seminole Wind (John Anderson), Watermelon Crawl (Tracy Byrd),  Too Much Fun ( Daryle Singletary), Sunshine On My Shoulders (John Denver), Dancing In The Streets (Martha & The Vandellas), Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks), School Is Out (Gary US Bonds), Palisades Park (Freddy Cannon), Beach Party (Annette Funicello), Centerfield (John Fogerty), Vacation (Connie Francis), Girl Watcher (The O’Kaysions), etc, etc, etc….

summer-flip-flopsThere are also several artists who have multiple songs reminiscent of summertime such as The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Drifters, The Rascals, Chicago, America, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Lovin’ Spoonful, The Monkees, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Dick Dale & The Deltones, etc…

Any additional songs or input are always welcome and encouraged. Did I leave out any of your favorite summer songs? – Let me know with a comment below.

Your comments are also encouraged as well as suggestions for futures “theme” lists.

What are your favorite summer song memories?