Kevin Costner, "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham"
Few actors have become as identified with baseball films as Costner—the great romantic. In “Bull Durham,” he’s the minor league catcher who goes down to the ranks of single-A to mentor an up-and-coming pitcher. It’s in “Field of Dreams” [pictured], though, that he found his most indelible role, as the Iowa farmer who builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield with the belief that it will allow him to reconnect with the baseball greats of old—as well as his deceased father. Costner’s baseball characters are distinguished by their idealism. They see baseball as a calling—and the more they dream of the game as something spiritual and transcendent, the more they help us to revere the sport as our national pastime.