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Encyclopedia > Rookie of the Year (film)
Rookie of the Year

The movie poster for Rookie of the Year.
Directed by Daniel Stern
Produced by Robert Harper
Written by Sam Harper
Starring Thomas Ian Nicholas
Gary Busey
Music by Bill Conti
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 7, 1993
Running time 103 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Rookie of the Year is a 1993 baseball movie starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey. Image File history File links Rookie_of_the_year. ... Daniel Stern is: The pen name of Marie dAgoult Daniel Stern (actor) - an actor, who appeared in Home Alone and City Slickers Daniel Stern (psychologist) a psychologist who specializes in infant development A writer, who has written numerous novels and short story collections and is Cullen Distinguished Professor of... Robert Harper is a computer science professor at CMU who works in programming language research. ... Kevin portrayed by Thomas Ian Nicholas in American Pie 2 Thomas Ian Nicholas (born July 10, 1980) is an American film actor. ... William Gary Busey (born 29 June 1944) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... A baseball movie refers to a sports film belonging to a genre where the game of baseball is prominently featured in the plot. ... Kevin portrayed by Thomas Ian Nicholas in American Pie 2 Thomas Ian Nicholas (born July 10, 1980) is an American film actor. ... William Gary Busey (born 29 June 1944) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ...

Albert Hall, Dan Hedaya, Eddie Bracken, Amy Morton, Bruce Altman, John Gegenhuber, and Daniel Stern (who also directed) co-star. John Candy also co-stars, but was uncredited. Albert P. Hall (born November 10, 1937) is an American actor. ... Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya is a prolific character actor who was born on July 24, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York to a Sephardic Jewish family. ... Eddie Bracken (born February 7, 1915; died November 14, 2002) was an American comic actor. ... Bruce Altman is an American actor and television actor. ... John Gegenhuber was born in Palatine, Illinois and began acting in 1986 on the series Under the Biltmore Clock. ... Daniel Stern (born August 28, 1957), is an American television and film actor. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ...



Henry Rowengartner (Nicholas), a 12-year-old Little Leaguer, has dreams of playing in the major leagues. One day, Henry breaks his arm trying to catch a fly ball and has to wrap it in a cast. When the cast is removed, he celebrates the occasion by attending a Chicago Cubs game in the bleachers of Wrigley Field with his friends. One of his friends catches a visiting team home run ball and gives it to Henry to throw it back. He shocks the crowd by throwing it all the way back to home plate. His doctor explains that he can throw this far and this hard because the tendons in his arm have healed "a little tight." Little League Baseball - Logo Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio Little League, Wayne, Michigan Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ...

The Cubs, in need of a "miracle" to save the poor-performing team, sign Henry to a contract, making him the youngest-ever major leaguer. Henry's mother's boyfriend, Jack, whom Henry dislikes, signs on as Henry's manager. When Henry first enters the locker room he is awestruck to be in the presence of some of his heroes, including his idol Chet "Rocket" Stedman (Busey), an irascible pitcher in the twilight of his career who suffers from shoulder pain on the mound and frequently makes grunting or painful sounds such as "EEEYAH!" after each pitch.

Henry's first appearance as a relief pitcher comes against the New York Mets which proves to be disastrous. In that game, he gives up a home run to Alejandro "Butch" Heddo, with Heddo mocking Henry as he trots the bases. Chet Steadman, gives Henry some advice on becoming a better major-league pitcher (especially control of the pitches), including using the "have to". After that, the Cubs keep winning, and he keeps earning saves. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league...

In one game at Dodger Stadium, Henry is shocked to learn that he is going up to bat (as National League pitchers must bat). Although Henry is very nervous at the plate, the pitcher (frustrated by Henry's tiny strike zone) walks Henry on four straight pitches. On the last pitch, Henry closes his eyes and swings at the ball after the ball is already in the catcher's mitt, leading announcer John Candy to say "Hank took a big rip at that one, but the ump had already made the call". Once Henry arrives at first base, he begins taunting the pitcher (using one of his most famous quotes, "Pitcher's got a big butt! Pitcher's got a big butt!" with the pitcher actually checking his butt!). The pitcher then tries to pick Henry off but overthrows it and Henry goes to second where he continues teasing the pitcher and the second baseman. He and the next batter would later score the go-ahead runs despite the batter nearly passing Henry on the bases.

Henry endorses several products, including Diet Pepsi, where he replaces Ray Charles in the popular "You Got the Right One, Baby" campaign. However, he and Jack have a falling out when Jack reveals a plot to sell his contract to the New York Yankees. Henry fires Jack. Henry's mother also breaks up with Jack over his obsession with making money off of Henry. Diet Pepsi is a low-calorie carbonated cola. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... You Got the Right One, Baby was a popular slogan for Pepsicos Diet Pepsi brand in the United States and Canada in the early 1990s. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...

The final game of the season pits the Cubs against the Mets. Before the game, Henry announces to the Cubs' owner that it will be his last game. He also tells the owner about Jack and General Manager Larry Fisher's scheme to try to sell Henry to the Yankees. Later it is shown that Larry has in response been demoted down to hot dog vendor.

It also proves to be Steadman's last game. Given the start, he initially pitches like he hasn't pitched in years. However, his arm is dramatically blown out (accompanied with an intense guitar riff) on his last pitch in the seventh inning, forcing Henry to step in to finish the game.

Henry completes the seventh and eighth innings without trouble. However, as Henry walks out to the field in the ninth, he trips on a baseball and falls on his side. He is all right, but he can no longer throw a 100-mile-per-hour fastball. After letting his teammates know what happened, Henry instead must rely on his wit with their help. He intentionally walks the first two consecutive Mets batters. He also gets the first runner out by doing a hidden ball trick; he sneaks the ball to his first baseman and gets the Mets player out. He dares the second runner to run to second base; Henry gets him out by faking a high throw of the ball and then running and tagging him. In the game of baseball, the hidden ball trick is a play in which the runner is deceived about the location of the ball. ...

Finally, Henry faces his old nemesis, Alejandro "Butch" Heddo. Determined to get his ultimate revenge, Henry throws a changeup for the first strike. Heddo is not fooled with Henry's next pitch and he sends it skyrocketing toward home run territory. However, it barely sails past the foul pole. Rattled, Henry bides his time and peels back the mitt to find his mother's name on it. Surprised, he turns to his mother in the stands, who mouths, "Float it." Regaining his confidence, Rowengartner lobs a palm-down underhanded floater pitch. A shocked Heddo swings and misses for the final out, who then throws a tantrum right at home plate while the Cubs celebrate winning the division. Thanks to Henry, the Cubs win their division title and go on to win the World Series.

At the end of the movie, Henry is playing Little League again, with his mother as the new coach and Chet Steadman as her assistant. Henry flashes a ring with a blue stone in it. The inscription reads: WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS.

The movie omits the NLCS and World Series and leaves it unclear how the Cubs were able to win those series without their best two pitchers.

MLB Player Cameos

MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Roberto Martin Antonio Bobby Bonilla (born February 23, 1963 in the Bronx, New York) is a former player in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 2001. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ... Pedro Guerrero (born June 29, 1956 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his career (1978-1992) with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. ...

Differences Between the Movie and Professional Baseball

A player who had previously been under contract with a Major League club and appeared in several games would not be allowed to participate in Little League baseball. Furthermore, no Major League club can sign a player under the age of 16. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ...

An umpire who observed Henry taking the tape off his glove in the final scene would immediately investigate the possibility of tampering with the ball. Pitchers are not permitted to have any foreign substances on their person or equipment.

Wrigley Field contracts its concessions sales to independent vendors. The owner of the Cubs has no power to force his general manager to sell hot dogs.

The hidden ball trick used in the movie would be considered a balk, because the pitcher may not go on the pitching rubber without the ball. This article is about the illegal actions in baseball. ...

It is likely that upon swinging at the ball, the umpire would declare the pitch a strike, as a base umpire can call a runner out at first for example, then call the runner safe because the fielder dropped the ball.


  • When the Mets hitter in the final game hits the foul ball, you can clearly see a hand throwing a ball in the air when it shows the ball against blackness.

Dodger Stadium is a large outdoor baseball stadium in Los Angeles, California at Chávez Ravine. ... U.S. Cellular Field a. ... U.S. Cellular Field (formerly New Comiskey Park) is a Major League Baseball stadium in Chicago, Illinois. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
Rookie of the Year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (293 words)
The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of sports leagues, mainly in North American, to the top first-time professional athlete of the season.
Until 1996, the NFL awarded NFC and AFC Rookie of the Year awards.
Rookie of the year awards are outside North America.
Rookie of the Year (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (873 words)
Rookie of the Year is a 1993 movie starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey.
In the beginning of the film, he is with his two friends when he catches a home run ball that is hit over the right-field wall at Wrigley Field, the home park of his beloved Chicago Cubs.
Rookie Of the Year is also the name of a song by the Welsh Post Hardcore band Funeral For A Friend, featuring on their full length debut Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation and the title is likely to have been inspired by this film in the band's childhood.
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