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When the owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly, his will bequeaths the team to his grandson Billy, a devotee of baseball who, although only 12, has devoured voluminous lore, knows the team intimately, and has shown an uncanny sixth sense of what they need to improve. They hate their manager, so Billy quickly fires the SOB, winning their instant approval. However, this turns to dismay when he announces their new manager: Billy Heywood. How will Billy convince a gang of proud, tough men to stick around and take orders from a kid? On the other hand, what's to lose-- the team has nowhere to go but up. Written by
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In a movie in which the plot revolves around the owner of a baseball team passing away, in this case Jason Robards as Minnesota Twins owner Thomas Heywood, it's ironic that the film unintentionally features a reference to a real owner who had passed away. During the Twins games against the Texas Rangers (when Billy argues with the umpire), if you look on the sleeve of the Rangers' gray jerseys, there is a black "HEC" stenciled into the uniform. It's a reference to H. Eddie Chiles who passed away shortly after selling the Texas Rangers franchise to an investment group led by Dallas businessman Rusty Rose and future President of the United States, George W. Bush. See more »
In the last inning against the Mariners, Mickey Scales grounds out to second and they show Dave Magadan playing first base. Then Pat Corning lines out to third base which was played by Dave Magadan. Then Larry Hilbert singles to the outfield and when they show him on first base once again Dave Magadan is playing there. See more »
A great baseball movie. Maybe the best baseball movie of the 1990's. Though more for children, I thought it was good for any true fan of the game. The film was well done all-around. It was funny how the players look so big compared to 12-year-old Billy Heywood, who is to be the leader. Actual major league players are in this movie, too.
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