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
In the last game in which the Cubs beat the Mets, 10 innings are shown being played instead of 9. The Rocket pitches 6 solid innings, as said by the manager after he threw out his arm, and Henry comes in and throws three innings worth of outs during the shots following him coming in, then pitches a fourth inning once he fell on his arm. 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
Written by Mike Rutherford
(as Michael Rutherford) and Paul Carrack
Performed by Mike + The Mechanics
(as Mike & The Mechanics)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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