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?
's Character Chet Steadman was nicknamed Rocket. That character was based on popular Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens whose nickname is Rocket. See more
In the first game that Henry plays, it is clear that the game is sold out. However, when Henry is cheering on the Rocket from the dugout, the hitter gets a hit up the middle (at around 24 mins), and you can clearly see there is no one in the outfield bleachers. There are no empty bleachers in the wide screen version. At 29:25 in the full screen version four to seven rows of empty bleachers can be seen in three columns at the top of the frame, but these are cropped out in the wide screen version. 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.
The actual major leaguers that strike out in the film (from 58:25 to 58:37) are listed under "Three Big Whiffers" See more
References The Wizard of Oz
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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