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
Except for once, Martinella gets Henry's last name wrong. He calls him the following: Rulingfurter, Gardenhoser, Raviboozer, Rosinbagger, Runnamucker, Rowengartner, Rulengruder. See more »
When he catches the ball in the stands and then throws it straight to home plate at the beginning of the movie the umpire calls the runner safe. There is no reason for the umpire to call the runner safe since it was a home run. See more »
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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The actual major leaguers that strike out in the film (from 58:25 to 58:37) are listed under "Three Big Whiffers" See more »
This movie is clearly made only for children living in the 90s.
Not people who ONCE were children in the 90s, but actual children living in the actual 90s. I was one of those kids, & I used to LOVE this movie; unfortunately, that love stayed back with that decade. This has the worst tendencies of a sports film: emotionally over-the-top, cheap plot mechanics, & an obnoxiously predictable story. Still, Candy is great, the humor has more than a few good moments, & Busey proves that he can be normal.
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