Rookie of the Year

Synopsis: 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 lin
Director(s): Daniel Stern
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

[drum line]

Opening day at Wrigley, and

oh, what a sight!

The diamond, the decorations,

and the dread of yet another losing season.

[sparks crackling]

Ah! Ugh! Ernie! It's fritzing out again.

You were supposed to fix this thing,

will you hurry up? Will you hustle? Hustle, hustle!

- Somebody get me a coffee please. What?

- Mr. Murdoch!

I think this is gonna be THE

season for the Cubs.

You think this is gonna be the season?

Why would you think that?

We haven't won a pennant since '45

and a series since the... the...

-1908, I know.


-I just have this feeling.

-You have a feeling. He's got a feeling! Cancel the coffee!

Get me whatever he's drinking! He's got a feeling about the uh...

-We're on the air!

-Eeuh! We're on the air, live! I'm Cliff Murdoch...

[crowd cheers]

David Pierce will be facing giant

Ledolph great, Clight Kyle!

10 bucks says Kyle knocks it

out of the park.


And there's the first pitch of the season!

Ooh! Kyle got a hold of that pigeon enough!

It's going back! Back!

Ah! Has he got the distance?

It's going! Going! Going!

Rowengartner makes the grab! Unbelievable!

C'mon, Henry!

-Hurry up!

-Watch out! [laughter]

-Wait up guys!

-C'mon, George, you're gonna wreck it!


-C'mon, guys!

-Good luck today, Henry!

-Thanks, Mr. Banks!

-What's in the baby carriage?

-A baby!

A baby?

Woah! [laughter]

Hang on, hey! Coming through!


Hey, not so fast!

Where do you think you're going?


-Hello George. Hello Clark.

-I got a game!

-Yeah, Henry thinks that he's actually gonna play today.

David Rosenthal starts Hebrew school this week.

Well, it would be great if you got to play,

but honey, if you don't...


-I'm gonna let you do the laundry when we get home.

-[sigh] You're too kind, mom.

(to the boys) Come on!

Have fun!

-Your mom is so cool.

-Yeah, she's alright.

Hey! Wait, wait.


[dramatic music]

[soft thud]

-Nice catch, Henry.

-Yup! You're gonna get a LOT of playing time.

He's gotta put me in! It's either me or Windemere!


-Windemere! Windemere! Windemere!

What's wrong with him? Are you a moron?

You imbecile.

Time out, now, time out!

Rowengartner, get in the right field!

Windemere, you come on in here!

Yeah Henry! Come on Henry, let's go!


Oh my gosh!

I can't believe they're letting him play!

Hustle on into the tunnel, and I don't wanna

hear about no asthma neither!


Alright, chuck it in there, baby! Chuck it!

Chuck it in there, baby, come on!

Okay, Deezer, let 'er rip! Throw in the chedder!

Come on, right in the kitchen!

Come on! Get in the big, high, stinky...

Would you shut up?

Chuck it in there, baby! Bring it on, baby! Bring it! Bring it to me,

show 'em what you got! Chuck it in there! He's got nothing! He's got something!

It's yours! It's yours!

-I got it!

-Go back!

I got it!

-Come on!

-You can catch it!

-I got it!


[heavy breathing]

Get it, get it!

Heh? Huh! Come on!

[heavy breathing]

Huh? Oh!

Turn around! Home! Home!

Is that play legal?



-How was game?

-[indistinct grunt]

Well, what does that mean?

Did you get to play?

-They put me in right field.

-So how'd you do?

-Let's just say I made the play of the day.

-That bad, huh?

-I can't even catch a fly ball!

So? Maybe you're not cut out to be an outfielder.

-Maybe you should be a pitcher. Like your father was.

-In my dreams.

Hey, hey!


-[sigh] Mom.

-(imitating) Mom.


What's this?

The Cubs are bringing in their right fielder to pitch?

[imitates cheering]

(echoing) Henry Rowengartner! The entire season is

resting on Rowengartner's shoulders!

Bottom nine. Two out. One on. Full count.

Rowengartner takes a long look at the runner at second.


Strike one!

-Honey, dinner's almost ready.

-You're going out again?


You gonna be okay?

-[sigh] What's the occasion?

-It's our three week anniversary.

Three weeks? congratulations.

-(background) Hello? Anyone there? Mary?

-What have you got against Jack?

He's moving too fast!


-Henry! Hey!

Now the three week anniversary is the, um...

That's the necklace anniversary.

Oh, Jack! Uh... (laughs)

-Oh, Jack, this, uh...

-Let me get that on you.

This is too much.


-[kissing noises]

-Thank you.


Okay, uh, honey? In bed by 8:30

and do all your homework.


-[imitates buzzer]

-You're gonna love this restaurant, Mary.

-[door closes]

-I think Henry is really starting to like me!

-Um, yeah.


Oh Mom. That Jack Bradfield.

[school bell rings]


-Hi Clark.

-Hi Edith.

-Why don't you talk to Vicky Freiger?

-We have nothing in common!


So, what are we gonna talk about?

-Talk about the boat! Her dad has a boat! We have a boat!

-We don't have a boat! We have wood. In the big shape of a boat.

Camry Hero told me that Becky Freiger doesn't think

you're very ugly.

Forget it guys! She doesn't like me! And besides,

she's not that hot.

Not that hot?

She's that!

Just look at her sipping that milk.

Milk's done that body good.

Hey look! There's Becky and Tiffany!


-Hey, Rowengartner!

Good game yesterday.


Don't worry about it. I mean, that kid's a dork anyways.

Hey, Rowengartner!


[dramatic music]

-Radial fractures of the olnum. Assorted rotator cartilage damage.

-How long does he have to be in the cast?

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