Henry Wiggen (Author to his friends) and Bruce Pearson are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team - Author the star pitcher, Bruce the catcher who never quite lived up to his potential - friends, and roommates when they're on the road. During the off season, Bruce is diagnosed with a terminal case of Hodgkin's disease. Author is the only person on the team who knows of Bruce's illness, with neither planning on telling anyone. Author takes extraordinary measures to ensure that he is playing ball with Bruce during what will probably be Bruce's final season before he can no longer play. Author looks after Bruce in part because Bruce is mentally a simple man who can easily be taken advantage of, especially by his opportunistic girlfriend Katie. As the season progresses, the team isn't quite gelling, despite being the best team on paper. But as information comes to light, the dynamic on the team changes to make it a memorable end of the season especially for Bruce, who... Written by
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To prepare for his role, Robert De Niro
went to Florida to watch baseball teams in spring training, then traveled to Georgia and tape recorded conversations to study their accents. See more
During a game against the Orioles (right after the taunt "Get a job, Wiggin, get a job!"), an overhead shot shows no base-runners. Henry pitches, the batter hits the ball; then the next shot, from the hitter's point of view, shows a runner starting off from second base. See more
Oh Katie, honey, why don't you get yourself married and raise yourself some exemptions.
Referenced in The Rookie
Streets of Loredo (The Cowboy's Lament)
Performed and sung by Tom Ligon See more