The Bad News Bears (1979)

The original version of “The Bad News Bears” shot at Mason Park in Chatsworth, California.  The field was mostly unchanged for the production, with the biggest addition being a fence.  The field still exists today, though it has been heavily remodeled.  Curiously, there isn’t even so much as a sign denoting the field’s connection with the film.  You would think the parks and recreation would better embrace their history.

Los Angeles appears to better acknowledge their film history.  There is a field in the city actually named The Bad News Bears Field (1411 S Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025).  While no filming took place at the L.A. field, it also has a connection with the film.  Screenwriter Bill Lancaster enrolled his son in little league at the field.  He drew upon the experiences as the basis for the film’s screenplay.

Below is a photo of the Chatsworth field, where the film was shot.  Note that there are two baseball fields at the park.  The one used in the film is the one nearest to Mason Ave., not the one near Fullbright Ave.

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LOCATION: 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311

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