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 first goes to Wrigley Field as a pitcher, he goes to the players entrance. When he knocks on the door to be let in, an old man pokes his head through a hole in the door. At first he doesn't let Henry in, then Henry reveals who he is, and the old man says, "Well that's a horse of a different color," which is the same thing that was said in The Wizard of Oz
(1939) when Dorothy and the gang get to Oz. See more
When Henry throws the opposing Home Run back to home plate from the bleachers (at around 42 mins), the runner is deemed "safe" by the umpire. Though the ball had been hit as a home run and there would be no reason for a player to slide into home, this would have more than likely been the first time that the umpire and the player who hit the home run had experienced this, and therefore had no idea what to do. 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
Referenced in Workaholics: Dry Guys
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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