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
Director Daniel Stern worked with Joe Pesci in "Home Alone" (1990) and in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992). John Candy, Stern, and Pesci all appeared in the first film while Eddie Bracken, Stern, and Pesci all appeared in the second film. Candy and Pesci also appeared in "JFK" (1991), but not in any scenes together in either film. Gary Busey appeared in "Lethal Weapon" (1987), and Pesci appeared in all 3 sequels to that film. See more »
In the last game in which the Cubs beat the Mets, 10 innings are shown being played instead of 9. The Rocket pitches 6 solid innings, as said by the manager after he threw out his arm, and Henry comes in and throws three innings worth of outs during the shots following him coming in, then pitches a fourth inning once he fell on his arm. 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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Special thanks are given to "The people of Chicago who never give up" See more »
For some reason, I get a kick out of movies like "Rookie of the Year." I guess the fact that so many young boys, myself included, fantasize about playing professional sports contributes to the popularity of this genre. I think Daniel Stern did a good job directing this movie because he doesn't ever let it become too kiddy and childish. Sure there are a lot of funny moments, but they can be funny to adults as well as children. The setting of this movie cannot be beat: Wrigley Field. It doesn't get any better than that. "Rookie of the Year" is a fun movie to watch with the family.
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