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?
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 first gets his cast on (at around 6 mins), it is shown as having a diagonal bar connecting about halfway between his shoulder and his elbow to hold his arm up. Never again do we see this bar, and none of Henry's shirts seem to be large enough to accommodate it. In addition, he hangs his arm fully outside the window of the van (at around 24 mins), something that would not be possible with that bar in place. 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.
Special thanks are given to "The people of Chicago who never give up" See more
Referenced in Jellyscream!
The Second Time Around
Written by Sammy Cahn
and Jimmy Van Heusen
(as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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