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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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Chet Steadman
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Martinella
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Mary Rowengartner
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Larry 'Fish' Fisher
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Jack Bradfield
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Clark (as Robert Gorman)
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George
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Edith
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Heddo
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Dr. Kersten
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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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A kid with an impossible dream. All he needed was a lucky break! See more »


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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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7 July 1993 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,579,269 (USA)
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Trivia

When Henry's mother (Amy Morton) is celebrating Henry scoring a run after being walked, she hits her head on the lamp hanging above her (at around 57 mins). Morton obviously didn't mean to do this: she is visibly hurt and after sitting down mutters "oh... shit" (at 57:46, which is dubbed out on the audio, you have to lip-read). See more »

Goofs

After Henry falls on his arm, he executes the hidden ball trick. First of all, after a time out the umpire does not put the ball in play until after the pitcher gets on the pitching rubber. Secondly, if the umpire does put the ball in play, and the pitcher is on the dirt without the ball, the play is ruled a balk and runners advance. There is no way a runner can get called out. 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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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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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Get Up
Written by Mike Rutherford (as Michael Rutherford) and Paul Carrack
Performed by Mike + The Mechanics (as Mike & The Mechanics)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Don't Take It So Seriously
7 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are unwilling to accept the basic premise of the film, that a child who has surgery on a broken arm is suddenly able to throw a pitch over 100 miles per hour, you aren't going to like this movie. I've been a baseball fan for 60 years and I know when a baseball movie is going to present an accurate portrayal of the game. If you read anything about this film and you are a purist, there are probably another ten movie to pick from this day. That said, this is a delightful film with a joyfulness that brings back memories of what it was like to be a mediocre baseball player, still hoping to be a major leaguer someday. The boy in this film is klutzy, so his entrance into a major league game is filled with fear and worry. There are good guys and bad guys, especially the father candidate. At some point, we know that reality will set in and, like "Damn Yankees," someone is going to have to face a real situation. This is just charming and fun. Enjoy it. It was never meant to be a documentary.


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