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
Following the film's release, Thomas Ian Nicholas threw out the first pitch at multiple Cubs games and was also invited to sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" multiple times during the customary 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. During the 2015 National League Championship Series where the Cubs faced the Mets as they did in the movie, he attended Game 4 in a Rowengartner #1 jersey similar to what he wore during the film. See more »
When Henry first gets his cast on (at around 6 mins), it is shown as having a diagonal bar connecting about halfway between his shoulder and his elbow to hold his arm up. Never again do we see this bar, and none of Henry's shirts seem to be large enough to accommodate it. In addition, he hangs his arm fully outside the window of the van (at around 24 mins), something that would not be possible with that bar in place. 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 »
Young Thomas Ian Nicholas gets a once in a lifetime chance to play for the Chicago Cubs and lead them to a pennant in 1993 the year Rookie Of The Year
came out. At the time the Cubs had not won a pennant since 1945 and no
World Series victory since 1908.
It happens quite by accident because the young man wasn't the most talented
of players. An accident where he broke his arm and some ribs had him in a
most uncomfortable cast. But it tightened the tendons in his pitching arm.
So when at a game at Wrigley Field where Nicholas is sitting in the bleachers
and the bleacher bums who occupy it tell him to throw the opposing ball back,
Nicholas unlooses a throw that Carl Furillo would have envied, a perfect strike
on the fly to home plate.
With nothing else to lose the Cubs sign the 12 year old up. The wartime Cincinnati Reds signed Joe Nuxhall at 15 to their roster. In real life that record
still has to be broken.
Tommy John surgery never gave anyone in real life speed like young Nicholas
Young Nicholas is surrounded with a good cast of adults such as Amy Morton
as his mom, Gary Busey as a washed up pitcher hoping for a comeback, Eddie
Bracken as the Cubs eccentric owner and John Candy who is unbilled and was
a famous Cubs fan as their play by play announcer.
No story would be complete without villains and two real good ones are here.
Dan Hedaya as the Cubs GM and Bruce Altman who specializes in smarmy
villains is at his smarmiest as a talent agent. Both are looking to exploit young
Nicholas to the max without considering him.
The finale includes a playoff with the Mets and young Nicholas uses some
sandlot savvy in the crucial moments.
In 2016 the Cubs finally did it, but this film Rookie Of The Year is still a delightful baseball fantasy.
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