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Rookie of the Year (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  7 July 1993 (USA)
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When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chet Steadman
Mary Rowengartner
Larry 'Fish' Fisher
Jack Bradfield
Clark (as Robert Gorman)
Patrick LaBrecque ...
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ...
Kristie Davis ...
Tyler Ann Carroll ...
Tom Milanovich ...
Ross Lehman ...
Dr. Kersten


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 Todd Baldridge

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The Chicago Cubs needed a miracle... they got Henry Rowengartner. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az év újonca  »

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Box Office


$53,579,269 (USA)

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Did You Know?


22 years after this film was released, the Cubs faced the Mets in the 2015 NLCS as portrayed in the final scenes of the movie. See more »


When Henry, his mom and Chet escape from the mob of reporters in the airport, Henry changes the station on the radio after he is ridiculed for turning that kind of music on (romantic). Right before the scene cut, the sound is of an analog radio's tuning knob being moved up or down (01:00:57 to 01:01:00), with several stations and static all combined into one sound. However, this would not be possible because the radio in the limo has digital tuning (shown at 01:00:32). See more »


[first lines]
Cliff Murdoch - Announcer: Opening Day at Wrigley, and oh what a sight! The diamond, the decorations, and the dread of yet another losing season.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks are given to "The people of Chicago who never give up" See more »


Referenced in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) 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
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Another good "kid-in-the-big-leagues" movie
3 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

For some reason, I get a kick out of movies like "Rookie of the Year." I guess the fact that so many young boys, myself included, fantasize about playing professional sports contributes to the popularity of this genre. I think Daniel Stern did a good job directing this movie because he doesn't ever let it become too kiddy and childish. Sure there are a lot of funny moments, but they can be funny to adults as well as children. The setting of this movie cannot be beat: Wrigley Field. It doesn't get any better than that. "Rookie of the Year" is a fun movie to watch with the family.

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