12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. Although he's close to his mother Mary, Henry hates Mary's latest boyfriend, Jack Bradfield. After Henry's arm is broken while trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendon in that arm heals too tightly, allowing Henry to throw pitches that are as fast as 103 mph. Henry is spotted at nearby Wrigley Field by Larry "Fish" Fisher, the general manager of the struggling Chicago Cubs, after Henry throws an opponent's home-run ball all the way from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, and it seems that Henry may be the pitcher that team owner Bob Carson has been praying for. At first, Cubs manager Sal Martinella doesn't like Henry being on the team, but despite the rawness of his talent, Henry revives everyone's team spirit and reignites the enthusiasm of the fans. While money hungry Jack pulls strings behind the scenes to ... Written by
The Chicago Cubs needed a miracle... they got Henry Rowengartner.
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Did You Know?
When Henry's mother (Amy Morton) is celebrating Henry scoring a run after being walked, she hits her head on the lamp hanging above her (at around 57 mins). Morton obviously didn't mean to do this: she is visibly hurt and after sitting down mutters "oh... shit" (at 57:46, which is dubbed out on the audio, you have to lip-read). See more
After Henry falls on his arm, he executes the hidden ball trick. First of all, after a time out the umpire does not put the ball in play until after the pitcher gets on the pitching rubber. Secondly, if the umpire does put the ball in play, and the pitcher is on the dirt without the ball, the play is ruled a balk and runners advance. There is no way a runner can get called out. See more
Cliff Murdoch - Announcer
Opening Day at Wrigley, and oh what a sight! The diamond, the decorations, and the dread of yet another losing season.
The actual major leaguers that strike out in the film (from 58:25 to 58:37) are listed under "Three Big Whiffers" See more
The Second Time Around
Written by Sammy Cahn
and Jimmy Van Heusen
(as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more