By Sam Bush
If you’re dying to watch baseball and can’t because the Phils and the rest of MLB have been paused by the coronavirus, you might try video:
“Raging Bull” isn’t the only classic sports movie Robert De Niro has made.
In “Bang the Drum Slowly,” he chews tobacco, if not the scenery, as a terminally ill catcher who stays on the roster thanks to the undying friendship of an ace pitcher (Michael Moriarty).
Vincent Gardenia makes a credibly gruff manager, and while the fictional team is named the New York Mammoths, sharp-eyed viewers will recognize the locations as Shea Stadium and the old Yankee Stadium at their grittiest.
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