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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Rowengartner
... Chet Steadman
... Martinella
... Mary Rowengartner
... Larry 'Fish' Fisher
... Jack Bradfield
... Bob Carson
... Clark (as Robert Gorman)
Patrick LaBrecque ... George
... Brickma
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ... Becky
Kristie Davis ... Tiffany
Tyler Ann Carroll ... Edith
Tom Milanovich ... Heddo
Ross Lehman ... Dr. Kersten
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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 »


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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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7 July 1993 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,579,269
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Daniel Stern did the voice over narration for The Wonder Years. Andrew Mark Berman played a recurring role on The Wonder Years. See more »

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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 »

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

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Referenced in Duck Dynasty: Boomerang Becca (2014) See more »

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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Don't Take It So Seriously
7 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

If you are unwilling to accept the basic premise of the film, that a child who has surgery on a broken arm is suddenly able to throw a pitch over 100 miles per hour, you aren't going to like this movie. I've been a baseball fan for 60 years and I know when a baseball movie is going to present an accurate portrayal of the game. If you read anything about this film and you are a purist, there are probably another ten movie to pick from this day. That said, this is a delightful film with a joyfulness that brings back memories of what it was like to be a mediocre baseball player, still hoping to be a major leaguer someday. The boy in this film is klutzy, so his entrance into a major league game is filled with fear and worry. There are good guys and bad guys, especially the father candidate. At some point, we know that reality will set in and, like "Damn Yankees," someone is going to have to face a real situation. This is just charming and fun. Enjoy it. It was never meant to be a documentary.


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