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Angels in the Outfield (1994) Poster

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Two of the actors who played Angels players, Adrien Brody and Matthew McConaughey, would go on to win Academy Awards for Best Actor.
As Roger looks out the window and says "if there is a God....", the image of Mickey Mouse can be seen in the stars.
This film was not the only connection between Disney and the Angels. Two years after the film's release, the Walt Disney Corporation bought the Angels and owned the team until 2003. In addition, Walt Disney himself was one of the Angels original Board Members.
Through out the movie, JP says "it could happen" 6 times.
The movie centers around the then-California Angels in Anaheim, but was filmed at the Oakland Coliseum due to the fact that the NFL season was taking place and the then-Los Angeles Rams were using the stadium in Anaheim. The Coliseum was not being used as the Raiders had not yet returned to Oakland.
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The film's tagline, "Ya Gotta Believe" (also alluded to in the film), was coined by pitcher Tug McGraw. During the 1973 season, McGraw used the phrase to encourage his fellow New York Mets, who successfully turned around an underdog season to go to the World Series.
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Carney Lansford, who plays Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey, was a baseball player in real life, who also played for the California Angels from 1978-1980.
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The cap that Al wears throughout the movie is an American League umpire cap.
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In one scene, George Knox is seen looking through a box of baseball memories and finds his 1979 National League MVP plaque. The actual 1979 National League MVP was shared between Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Willie Stargell and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez.
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The scene with the baseball game on TV features former St. Louis Cardinals/Chicago White Sox/Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rick Horton (appearing in archive footage from the actual game).
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The Hank Murphy character is loosely based on then owner Gene Autry.
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Former A's and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and his family make a cameo appearance in the owner's box during the last game.
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The "tobacco" that Carney Lansford spits at the end of the movie is actually black licorice.
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Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey is said to be the "League RBI Champion" when he comes up to bat against Mel Clark. In reality, Carney Lansford (a real 15 season MLB Veteran who played Kesey) never drove in more than 80 runs in any season and averaged just 76 RBIs in a standard 162 game season.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza would work together again, almost two decades later, in Don Jon (2013).
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Not only do Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Roger Bomman) and Brenda Fricker (Maggie Nelson) share the same birthday - Februray 17th - but the two actors have played opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as a relative of his main character. Fricker previously played Day-Lewis's mother, Mrs. Brown, in My Left Foot (1989) five years prior and Gordon-Levitt would go on to play his son, Robert Lincoln, in Lincoln (2012) eighteen years later. Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar for both films, Fricker won the Best Supporting Actress for My Left Foot, but Gordon-Levitt did not receive a nomination for his performance in Lincoln.
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One of two Disney family comedy sports films that features Jay O. Sanders as an antagonist. The other being The Big Green (1995) one year later.
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Jay O. Sanders (Ranch Wilder) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Roger Bomman) would go on to star DC Comics movies. Sanders in Green Lantern (2011) and Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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The real-life Angels franchise won the pennant in 2002, eight years after the film's release.
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