6.0/10
22,201
41 user 18 critic

Rookie of the Year (1993)

Trailer
2:25 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Director:

Daniel Stern

Writer:

Sam Harper
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

Director: William Dear
Stars: Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza
Little Giants (1994)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Can Gordon's team win the Junior Goodwill Games in California in spite of all the set-backs?

Director: Sam Weisman
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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

Director: Andrew Scheinman
Stars: Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith
The Sandlot (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans
Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team.

Director: Robert Lieberman
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling, David Selby
Cool Runnings (1993)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug
Heavy Weights (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Tom McGowan, Aaron Schwartz, Ben Stiller
The Rookie (2002)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths
The Big Green (1995)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A teacher on exchange from England is placed in an underachieving Texan school, where she coaches the children in soccer, improving their self esteem and leading to unexpected success.

Director: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo, Jay O. Sanders
Blank Check (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young boy inadvertently gains possession of a check for one million dollars, which he proceeds to spend, unaware that the gangsters it belongs to are in pursuit.

Director: Rupert Wainwright
Stars: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, James Rebhorn
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A kid with an impossible dream. All he needed was a lucky break! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,579,269
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Pitcher's got a big butt"
13 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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 has.

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.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed