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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 was one of the Angels original Board Members.
The movie centers around the California Angels in Anaheim, but was filmed at Oakland Coliseum, due to the fact that the NFL season was taking place, and the Los Angeles Rams were using the stadium in Anaheim. The Coliseum was not being used, as the Raiders had not yet returned to Oakland. The Rams would return to Los Angeles in 2016, 22 years after the film's release.
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.
Throughout the movie, J.P. (Milton Davis, Jr.) says "it could happen" six times.
The "tobacco" that Carney Lansford spits at the end of the movie, is actually black licorice.
The character of Hank Murphy, the Angels' owner, is loosely based on owner, actor, and country music star Gene Autry, right down to the cowboy hat. Sadly, Gene Autry passed away October 1998. When the Anaheim Angels won the 2002 World Series, they dedicated their win to 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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza would work together again in Don Jon (2013).
Carney Lansford, who plays Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey from the White Sox, was a baseball player in real-life, who in fact, played for the California Angels from 1978-1980.
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.
The cap that Al wears throughout the movie, is an American League umpire cap ("AL" stands for "American League").
The scene with the baseball game on television 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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One of two Disney family comedy sports films that features Jay O. Sanders as an antagonist. The other being The Big Green (1995).
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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 actor and actress have played opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as a relative of his main character. Fricker previously played Day-Lewis' mother, Mrs. Brown, in My Left Foot (1989), and Gordon-Levitt played his son, Robert Lincoln, in Lincoln (2012). 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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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 fifteen season MLB Veteran, who played Kesey) never drove in more than eighty runs in any season, and averaged just seventy-six RBIs in a standard one hundred sixty-two game season. However, when the film was released, the season was cut short, due to a players' strike.
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The real-life Angels franchise won the pennant in 2002, and went on to win the World Series that year, after the team had switched designation from California to Anaheim. But there was no World Series in 1994, due to a players' strike, therefore the film ends with the Angels winning the pennant.
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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 Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Neal McDonough played Damien Darhk in the DC television shows Arrow (2012), and Legends of Tomorrow (2016), as well as playing Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), and Agent Carter (2015).
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Matthew McConaughey and Brenda Fricker also appeared A Time to Kill (1996).
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Remake of the 1951 movie that starred Paul Douglas as the angry manager of the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates. The only other connection between them, is that the 1994 version had its premiere at Three Rivers Stadium, as Pittsburgh hosted the All Star Game that year.
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Christopher Lloyd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also appeared in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).
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Jay O. Sanders (Ranch Wilder) and Matthew Mcconaughey (Williams) also appeared in True Detective (2014).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There are no real angels during the final game scene, as Al mentions that "championships need to be won on their own."
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After the real-life Angels won the 2002 World Series, the city of Anaheim would not see another championship until the Anaheim Ducks, another team owned by Disney, won the Stanley Cup in 2007 (an Anaheim Mighty Ducks cap can be seen in one scene).
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All games in the film, with the exception of the final game, take place in the afternoon.
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In the opening scene, Roger asks his dad when they're going to be a family again, and he replies with "When the Angels win the pennant." his prediction comes true when the Angels win the pennant at the end of the film.
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The cop, at the beginning of the film, could have arrested Roger and J.P. for trespassing.
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