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Little Big League (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 29 June 1994 (USA)
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A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Heywood
Arthur Goslin
Miles Feulner ...
Jerry Johnson
Leon Durham ...
Leon Alexander
Kevin Elster ...
Pat Corning


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 Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The Minnesota Twins Baseball Team just got a new owner. See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kleiner Trainer ganz groß  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thomas Heywood was depicted as being very similar to Carl Pohlad, the real life owner of the Minnesota Twins at the time of the film. This includes both holding large financial fortunes. Pohlad owned the Twins from 1984 until his death in 2009, after which family heirs took inheritance of the team. 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 »


Jim Bowers: [after Billy apologizes to the team] On behalf of the entire Apache Nation, we accept this olive branch of peace.
Billy Heywood: [team laughs] Thanks, I think.
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Surprisingly, the best baseball ever, and I've seen them all
11 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

We got this movie on videotape for the kids, but it just blew me away. Here we are in 2009, and Lou Pinella, Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. -- all of whom are in this movie -- are still part of the game. That's just luck, but the dialog in this film is outstanding. It is far more than a kids' movie. Sure, there are scenes where a so-called ''adult'' film would have relied on profanity (Jerry Johnson letting his 12-year-old manager know that he didn't like being cut, no matter how much the kid liked his baseball card) but the message is clear.

When the kid asks pitcher Mike McGreevy how much a free agent who can't throw strikes is worth, or when he puts down his hot-headed reliever by asking if he thinks the team doesn't have anybody else who can get people out, it's priceless. Or how's this from his bench coach, about Johnson's slump: "Kid, don't you think there's a problem when you get that excited over a seeing-eye single?" or (from the angry reliever): "I've been looking over some film, and you were right about my mechanics, so I ... guess you're not a rat boy.''

Despite what might seem like an absurd premise, I have never seen a more realistic baseball movie, and I am a member of SABR and a baseball fan of more than 50 years. The Twins are still wearing the uniforms in this film, and until today (10/11/09) were still playing in the same stadium.

It pays homage to the franchise's history by calling the team's GM "Goslin'' -- a Hall of Famer from the Twins' days as the Senators.

Get this movie. Even the music is good. You will not regret it.

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