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
A kid with an impossible dream. All he needed was a lucky break!
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Did You Know?
According to Henry's estimates, his allowance is $1.60 per week (at 40:29 -- $500 in 6 years). See more
A player may not be signed to a major league team until he is 16-years-old See more
This one's for MOMMY, MOMMY, MOMMY!
The actual major leaguers that strike out in the film (from 58:25 to 58:37) are listed under "Three Big Whiffers" See more
Referenced in Jellyscream!
"In the Mood"
Written by Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra See more