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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

Writer:

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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The Chicago Cubs needed a miracle... they got Henry Rowengartner. 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:

Rookie of the Year 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Tiffany called George, "Roger", she wasn't too far off. "Roger" is a variation of George spelled differently. See more »

Goofs

When Henry sits on the bench for his first game, he is told to move with the explanation that pitchers sit at the end of the bench. However, at Wrigley Field the bullpen is out in the open in foul territory. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: 90's Sports Montage (2008) See more »

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In the Mood
Written by Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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The Dreams of Countless Children Come True...
11 December 2002 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I was never much into sports. I never fantasized about becoming a huge sports star. However, I realize many adults did dream of such things when they were children, and that is why "Rookie of the Year" may surprise some adults.

The plot is childish, of course, and the acting -- apart from Daniel Stern and an unbilled cameo from John Candy -- is not Oscar-worthy. Still, it's worth a few bucks, and may transport adults back to their memories and make them fantasize more than children.

I don't like this film a whole lot, but it's just one of those films that when you see it on TV, you just...watch it! Hard to explain. It's like some cosmic force draws you to it. I think it could be the worst film in the world and I'd still have to watch it every time it's on.

I give "Rookie of the Year" 3/5 stars. Not great, and not even that good, but there's just something about it...


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