Costas’ red-carpet treatment to baseball movies

While one of the more anticipated baseball movies of recent years is set to launch in April — “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson’s first year with the Dodgers in 1947 — the MLB Network has decided to go retro with putting horsehide flicks into perspective with a six-week series hosted by Bob Costas that begins Monday.

The series, “Costas at the Movies,” launches with a look at Ron Shelton’s 1994 movie, “Cobb,” starting Tommy Lee Jones as Hall of Famer Ty Cobb and Robert Wuhl as reporter Al Stump, who is assigned to do his biography.  Jones and Shelton will sit with Costas for a 30-minute interview (airing at 5 p.m.), after which the movie “Cobb” will air on the MLB Network.

“We want to go behind-the-scenes and provide a forum for these actors and directors to discuss how they were able to deliver a genuine baseball film,” Costas said.

The series continues with “The Bad News Bears” (Jan. 21), with actress  Tatum O’Neal; “A League of Their Own” (Jan. 28) with actress Geena Davis and director Penny Marshall; “Eight Men Out” (Feb. 4) with director John Sayles and actor John Cusack; and “The Natural” (Feb. 11), with director Barry Levinson.

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