A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.


Andrew Scheinman


Gregory K. Pincus (story), Gregory K. Pincus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Edwards ... Billy Heywood
Timothy Busfield ... Lou Collins
John Ashton ... Mac Macnally
Ashley Crow ... Jenny Heywood
Kevin Dunn ... Arthur Goslin
Billy L. Sullivan ... Chuck
Miles Feulner Miles Feulner ... Joey
Jonathan Silverman ... Jim Bowers
Dennis Farina ... George O'Farrell
Jason Robards ... Thomas Heywood
Wolfgang Bodison ... Spencer Hamilton
Duane Davis ... Jerry Johnson
Leon Durham Leon Durham ... Leon Alexander
Kevin Elster Kevin Elster ... Pat Corning
Joseph Latimore Joseph Latimore ... Lonnie Ritter


When the owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly, his will bequeaths the team to his grandson Billy, a devotee of baseball who, although only 12, has devoured voluminous lore, knows the team intimately, and has shown an uncanny sixth sense of what they need to improve. They hate their manager, so Billy quickly fires the SOB, winning their instant approval. However, this turns to dismay when he announces their new manager: Billy Heywood. How will Billy convince a gang of proud, tough men to stick around and take orders from a kid? On the other hand, what's to lose-- the team has nowhere to go but up. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The Minnesota Twins Have a New Owner. See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In one scene Thomas Heywood talks to Billy about pitcher Walter Johnson. Johnson pitched for the original Washington Senators, who would relocate to Minnesota and become the Twins in 1961. In addition, an extra can be seen wearing an old Washington Senators baseball cap. See more »


"During the final game when the Twins are playing the Mariners for the Wild card spot, Bowers attempts to pick off Ken Griffey Jr. using the team's trick play. How ever this play would be illegal. You can NOT fake a pick off throw to first base." True while on the rubber. If the pitcher steps behind the rubber before the fake, it is legal. The camera angle on Bowers' fake does not show his feet on the play. Miami ran this play in the 1982 College World Series, nicknamed the Grand Illusion. See more »


Billy Heywood: If Joe can paint a house in three hours and Sam can paint the same house in five hours, how long will it take to paint it together?
Mac: Now wait a minute, you never said this was a word problem.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there's a quick scene with one of the players looking at the chalkboard saying he still likes D. See more »


Written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino), Sylvester Bradford, and Al Lewis
Performed by Taj Mahal
Courtesy of Private Music
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11 March 2001 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

A charming fantasy/comedy,etc. about a junior high school kid who inherits the Minnesota Twins from his late grandfather and soon takes over as manager. He then convinces his players to have fun. After all, they are getting paid to play baseball.

I think it works well on all counts. Watch for cameos by real life Major Leaguers. Sit back and enjoy!!

*** out of ****

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Release Date:

29 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Big League See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,105,618, 4 July 1994

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| SDDS (1998 Re-Release)| DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (1998 Re-Release)| Dolby Digital (1998 Re-Release)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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