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Rookie of the Year (1993)

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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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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
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Trivia

This is the only film directed by Daniel Stern. See more »

Goofs

In the final game, everyone is saying that this is the Cubs last inning to keep their 2-1 lead over the Mets. While this is true, the home team always has the bottom of the inning; had Heddo hit the home run and the next batter got out, it would've been the bottom of the ninth, not the end of the game. 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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Special thanks are given to "The people of Chicago who never give up" See more »

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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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Another good "kid-in-the-big-leagues" movie
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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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