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Rookie of the Year (1993)

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When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

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Daniel Stern

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Sam Harper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Henry Rowengartner
Gary Busey ... Chet Steadman
Albert Hall ... Martinella
Amy Morton ... Mary Rowengartner
Dan Hedaya ... Larry 'Fish' Fisher
Bruce Altman ... Jack Bradfield
Eddie Bracken ... Bob Carson
Robert Hy Gorman ... Clark (as Robert Gorman)
Patrick LaBrecque Patrick LaBrecque ... George
Daniel Stern ... Brickma
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ... Becky
Kristie Davis Kristie Davis ... Tiffany
Tyler Ann Carroll Tyler Ann Carroll ... Edith
Tom Milanovich Tom Milanovich ... Heddo
Ross Lehman Ross Lehman ... Dr. Kersten
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Storyline

12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. Although he's close to his mother Mary, Henry hates Mary's latest boyfriend, Jack Bradfield. After Henry's arm is broken while trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendon in that arm heals too tightly, allowing Henry to throw pitches that are as fast as 103 mph. Henry is spotted at nearby Wrigley Field by Larry "Fish" Fisher, the general manager of the struggling Chicago Cubs, after Henry throws an opponent's home-run ball all the way from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, and it seems that Henry may be the pitcher that team owner Bob Carson has been praying for. At first, Cubs manager Sal Martinella doesn't like Henry being on the team, but despite the rawness of his talent, Henry revives everyone's team spirit and reignites the enthusiasm of the fans. While money hungry Jack pulls strings behind the scenes to ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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A kid with an impossible dream. All he needed was a lucky break! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az év újonca See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,579,269
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Busey's Character Chet Steadman was nicknamed Rocket. That character was based on popular Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens whose nickname is Rocket. See more »

Goofs

In school the day after the bad little league play/home opener it would be April in Chicago and Becky is wearing a tank top (at around 2 mins). Also, the boat ride with Becky supposedly would have been mid-September, rather late in the season to be at the beach in Chicago and again wearing the tank top (01:13:43). See more »

Quotes

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Cliff Murdoch - Announcer: Opening Day at Wrigley, and oh what a sight! The diamond, the decorations, and the dread of yet another losing season.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks are given to "The people of Chicago who never give up" See more »

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Soundtracks

The Second Time Around
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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16 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I love sports movies and especially ones with nice characters, especially nice kids, ones that set good examples for others. So, call me old-fashioned or whatever else you want, but this film was stupid. Maybe if you're kid, you wouldn't think so, but adults - stay away.

As for kids, I found way too many "OMGs" in this film, both by the mother and the 12-year- old kid (played by Thomas Ian Nicholas). This was actor Daniel Stern's directorial debut and he promised publicly to make "safe family films." That's great, but this isn't a great start. "Oh my gosh," said by the kid would have but a better and smarter example to set to other kids than the other blasphemes. We also see early '90s Hollywood "fad" of having a mother literally punch out her boyfriend. That's "safe family fare?" I am tired of Hollywood's PC-feminist baloney of showing women acting tough like Mike Tyson. It just ain't so.

The one good part in this film was the role played by Gary Busey. At least he played someone who was a good role model.


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