Like a pitcher on a winning streak who won't change his lucky underwear, Kevin Costner is back to shooting baseball movies--the genre in which he bats 1000.

Let's review his career record: Bull Durham in 1988 and Field of Dreams in 1989 were perfect no-hitters for Costner, playing All-American, average-guy types. Later, he got into tights (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991) and feathers (Dances With Wolves,1990) to more mixed reviews (although he won an Oscar for Wolves).

In his next diamond epic, Costner will play a washed-up pitcher who pitches a perfect game while flashing back on what went wrong with his career. The script is based on the novel by Michael Shaara, For the Love of the Game. But Costner has two other pictures to shoot before game time, including The Postman, a futuristic story he'll act in and direct early next year.

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