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Rookie of the Year (1993)

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

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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 Todd Baldridge

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The Chicago Cubs needed a miracle... they got Henry Rowengartner. See more »


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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,579,269
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Trivia

22 years after this film was released, the Cubs faced the Mets in the 2015 NLCS as portrayed in the final scenes of the movie unfortunately the Cubs lost the series 4 games to 0. See more »

Goofs

In the last game that Henry plays for the Cubs, the Cubs rally and score in their half of the fourth inning. In that inning a Cub player hits the ball and the announcer says "And Mullens lashes one into left!" when the brief close-up shot of the batter hitting the ball clearly shows (one frame at 01:19:33) the ball being hit to the right. The subsequent, longer shot shows the ball going near the third base line. See more »

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Cliff Murdoch - Announcer: Opening Day at Wrigley, and oh what a sight! The diamond, the decorations, and the dread of yet another losing season.
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Crazy Credits

The actual major leaguers that strike out in the film (from 58:25 to 58:37) are listed under "Three Big Whiffers" See more »

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Referenced in Family Guy: Bookie of the Year (2016) See more »

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You Got the Right One Baby, Uh Huh
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Pepsi Cola
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Another good "kid-in-the-big-leagues" movie
3 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

For some reason, I get a kick out of movies like "Rookie of the Year." I guess the fact that so many young boys, myself included, fantasize about playing professional sports contributes to the popularity of this genre. I think Daniel Stern did a good job directing this movie because he doesn't ever let it become too kiddy and childish. Sure there are a lot of funny moments, but they can be funny to adults as well as children. The setting of this movie cannot be beat: Wrigley Field. It doesn't get any better than that. "Rookie of the Year" is a fun movie to watch with the family.


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