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 has to take his first AB (against the L.A. Dodgers), the pitcher in that scene (Tregoraw) is Tim Stoddard. Stoddard was a technical adviser for the baseball scenes in the movie. Ironically enough, Stoddard was actually a pitcher for the Cubs in real life, he pitched on the '84 Cubs team that won the NL East title (and eventually lost to the San Diego Padres in the NLCS). See more
When Henry arrives to his first game for the Cubs, Jack can be seen (in a long shot from 24:14 to 24:23) running several yards behind trying to catch up. In the next shot, he is standing directly behind Henry (in a close-up at 24:23 with only Jack's green shirt visible behind Henry), breathing normally. 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
Spoofs The Wizard of Oz
You Got the Right One Baby, Uh Huh
Performed by Ray Charles
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