Kevin Costner: Crash Davis vs. Ray Kinsella

Kevin Costner: Crash Davis vs. Ray Kinsella

One actor. Two film roles. You tell us which portrayal was the best. The most memorable. Or iconic. Or simply your favorite.

But before you pass judgment, a few words defending the “character” of each…

The case for Crash Davis

Veteran baseball catcher Crash Davis has been around the block. Confident in his abilities and with a chip on his shoulder he is tasked with whipping a none-too-bright (but hunky) rookie phenom pitcher into shape, both on the field and off. Crash also is competing with said pitcher on the affections of Bull Durham baseball groupie Annie Savoy. The role may not have schmaltzy father-son melodrama, but it was on point. Costner’s cocky, world-weary, and yes, sexy athlete resonates with men and women alike.

The case for Ray Kinsella

Kinsella is the opposite of Crash. A quiet family man, reserved, and decidedly not self-assured. He is not meek, though; he is determined to “go the distance” to find out what lies ahead in his Field of Dreams. Interestingly, producers had already dismissed Kevin Costner taking on the Kinsella character exactly because of his recent baseball foray with Bull Durham. But Costner did read the script, and decided to do it because it was, in his words, “this generation’s It’s a Wonderful Life.”


Now that you’ve heard the arguments for both it’s time to render your verdict!

  • Larry C

    IMHO… There isn’t even a choice here. It HAS to be Crash Davis. “Field of Dreams” is an overrated Lifetime Network movie of the week! Whereas “Bull Durham” has been voted (in some polls) as the best sports movie ever. And, I believe it is the best sports movie ever made. Although “Slapshot” is a pretty close second.

  • WDPjr

    I agree w/Larry C. I immediately identified w/Crash, but I never did Kinsella. Bull Durham I have watched several times and could watch it again – not so w/Field of Dreams.

  • Jim

    Field of Dreams. Both great sports movies, both great performances by Costner, but few movies come close to the depth and nuances of Field of a Dreams, which transcends the idea of a sports movie and becomes something more. Oh yeah, and Lifetime movies don’t result in pilgrimages to the site where the movie was made, as continues to happen at the place where the Field came to life in Dyersville, Iowa. (Try posting an opinion where you don’t cut down someone else’s favorite because you respect your humble opinion more than anyone else’s.)

  • Butch Knouse

    Field of Dreams is OK once, but it’s portrayal of rural people as nosy morons is offensive to rural people like me.