The Sandlot (1993) Poster



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In order to establish the close bond between Smalls and Benny, the director had Tom Guiry and Mike Vitar meet and rehearse together weeks before the rest of the kids showed up to film. It worked so well that the other kids genuinely believed the two actors had been friends for a long time.
The older and younger Benny are played by real-life brothers, Pablo Vitar and Mike Vitar.
In Benny's dream, Babe Ruth says "I don't know why, but can I have this?" when referring to Hank Aaron's baseball card. Hank Aaron would go on to break Babe Ruth's all-time home run record.
Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones) shows the boys a photo of himself with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Of course it is a retouched photo. Jones' head was put on the body of Hall Of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx who was the real player pictured with Ruth and Gehrig. The real photo can be seen in many baseball books.
The vomit used in the ride scene was made from split pea soup, baked beans, oatmeal, a little water and some movie gel. They used paint guns to discharge it and they actually nailed a few people in real life by accident. The chewing tobacco was made from beef jerky and licorice.
Shot in 42 days.
During the filming of the chase scene, temperatures rose so high that Tom Guiry became dizzy and ran into one of the cameramen.
In the film Denis Leary's character adores both the Babe Ruth and 1927 Yankees signed baseballs, but in real life Leary is a fan of the Boston Red Sox and hates the Yankees.
Contrary to what was previously stated about Babe Ruth not playing with black baseball players due to Jackie Robinson not breaking baseball's color line until 1947, what the film does not explain is that major leaguers used to barnstorm in the off-season with players from the Negro Leagues. According to John Holway, a Negro League historian, "Ruth played against Negro Leaguers in Cuba, all over New Jersey and out West in Kansas City and St. Louis." (NYTimes)
The dog "Hercules" was an English Mastiff.
Five of the members of the Sandlot baseball team -- Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, and Grant Gelt -- all had roles in different episodes of Boy Meets World (1993). Art LaFleur, "The Great Bambino," was also later featured in Boy Meets World.
Writer & director David Evans is the narrator of the film.
For most of the filming the days were very hot, however during the filming of the pool scene it was overcast and the water was 56 degrees. All the kids were extremely cold, and can be seen shivering.
When the narrator is describing how everyone grew up towards the end, he says that Bertram (Grant Gelt) "got really into the sixties, and no one ever heard from him again". In real life, Gelt would go on to land a part in The '60s (1999).
PF Flyers were brought back for a limited time after this movie.
Brandon Quintin Adams and Mike Vitar also starred in the D2: The Mighty Ducks.
Writer-director David Mickey Evans has stated that all the child actors had such a wonderful summer working on the film to the point that they considered it the greatest summer of their lives.
The Vincent Drug store that is seen when Smalls first goes to the "Sandlot" was also used five years earlier in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) when Rachel and her friend take Jamie to pick out a costume. It was also used the next year in Halloween 5 (1989): The Revenge of Michael Myers in the scene where the Man in Black steps off a bus and makes his way through town.
Ham Porter's famous line, "You're killing me, Smalls," is a paraphrase of the famous quote, "They're killing me out there, Whitey," spoken by Denver Broncos coach Lou Saban. The line was also paraphrased the previous year in another baseball-themed film, A League of Their Own (1992).
When the boys are in the pool watching Wendy Peffercorn, the dialog: "She don't know what she's doing" and the answer "Yes she does, she knows exactly what she's doing" is the same as in a similar scene in Cool Hand Luke (1967).
All of the sandlot kids are wearing P.F. Flyers through out the movie.
The name of the other park the sandlot kids play the little league team at was the L.C. Romney Baseball Park (on the scoreboard at 47:40 and 48:04). L. C. Romney was a commissioner of Salt Lake City and a democratic candidate for Governor of Utah in 1956. The film was shot in Utah.
The hat that Kenny is wearing is that of the Kansas City Monarchs. The K.C. Monarchs were a negro league team active from 1920-1965.
The Ray Charles version of America The Beautiful played during the 4th of July night game was released in 1976 as a celebration of the United States bicentennial. The movie was set in 1962.
Both James Earl Jones (Mr. Mertle) and Karen Allen (Mom) have starred in popular franchises that were produced by George Lucas. Jones in Star Wars: Episodes lll-Vll and Allen in two of the Indiana Jones films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
James Earl Jones plays a blind man in this movie. In an episode of Frasier (Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead), James Earl Jones has a cameo as a blind man in a nursing home.
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Scene where they are playing together for first time, an airbus plane can be seen flying in background. That airbus plane model was not released during the time the movie depicts.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the scene at the end when Benny is grown up and playing for the Dodgers, his jersey number is "3", the same number Babe Ruth wore throughout his career.
In the scene where the boys are beating up Smalls over not knowing who the Great Bambino is, Squints can be seen spitting,then accidentally poking himself in the eye with his glasses, then spitting again.

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