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?
Filming for the Little League scenes took place at the Little League fields at the park district in Westmont, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. Some locals were used as extras in the stands on the field. See more
When Henry is doing commentary for his imaginary baseball game in the laundry room, he states (at around 4 mins) that it is a "full count" (by definition, three balls and two strikes) before he throws the pitch. However, when he pitches into the laundry machine he cries out, "Strike ONE!" (at around 11 mins). 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
References The Wizard of Oz
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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