Movie Review: Moneyball
By Ben Meyer '22
Moneyball, released in 2011 and now streaming on Netflix, is an American biographical sports drama film. Directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, it was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Brad Pitt, and Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill. Moneyball is about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager, Billy Beane. Billy Beane had to find a way to recruit players with a tight budget.
Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, was the general manager of the Oakland A’s. Billy Beane had a tight baseball budget. As a result, he had to find a way to recreate his team by outsmarting baseball organizations with larger budgets. In looking for undervalued players, he met Peter Brand, played by Jonah Hill, who graduated from Yale and understood statistics. Using Peter Brand’s skills, Billy Beane was able to find undervalued players for cheap prices that had the potential to get on base and generate runs. After this, the Oakland A’s won twenty games in a row. This changed the history of how baseball players are recruited.
The Oakland A’s did not win the World Series of 2002, however, the Red Sox noticed what they did and implemented it into their own recruitment process. The Red Sox won the World Series of 2004 and caused a revolution in recruiting athletes for sports teams. This affected baseball, soccer, basketball, and almost every other major sport. Major league baseball organizations started using statistics as a way to find their best athletes, instead of using their gut feel or relying only on the opinions of scouts.
Moneyball was a fantastic movie, and I highly recommend watching it. The screenwriting was amazing. The movie is great for people who are curious about how major league sports recruitment has changed over time. This is a must-watch movie if you love sports or movies based on true stories.