Rookie of the Year (film)

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Rookie of the Year
Rookie of the year.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Daniel Stern
Produced by Robert Harper
Written by Sam Harper
Starring Thomas Ian Nicholas
Gary Busey
Dan Hedaya
Daniel Stern
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Edited by Donn Cambern
Raja Gosnell
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
July 9, 1993
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $56,500,758

Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The film is a remake of the 1954 film Roogie's Bump with the same basic plot. A youngster develops a knot on his arm an becomes a "phenom" for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But the knot suddenly disappears and he returns to a normal life.

The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan Hedaya, Eddie Bracken, Amy Morton, Bruce Altman, John Gegenhuber, Neil Flynn, Daniel Stern (who also directed) and an uncredited John Candy.


Henry Rowengartner (Nicholas), 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 (he slips on another ball that is lying on the ground) and has to wrap it in a cast. Once the arm is healed, the doctor removes the cast and discovers Henry's tendons have healed "a little too tight," thus enabling Henry to cock his arm back and fire it forward with incredible force.

A fateful trip to Wrigley Field for a Chicago Cubs game results in Henry's friends getting a home run ball hit by the visiting team, the Montreal Expos. However, when they give it to Henry to throw back onto the field (per Wrigley tradition), his tightly-healed arm throws the ball so hard that it reaches home plate on the fly. Looking for a miracle to save the club, which is suffering slumping attendance, general manager Larry Fisher (Hedaya) tries to get the kid to join the Cubs.

For the remainder of the season, Henry has to juggle the culture shock of actually playing in the major leagues - working with one of his heroes, aging pitcher Chet "Rocket" Steadman (Busey) and spending time with his friends. Under it all, his mother, Mary (Amy Morton), tries to keep him grounded while resisting attempts by Fisher and her boyfriend, Jack (Altman), to exploit his newfound fame.



The Dodger Stadium scenes were filmed at U.S. Cellular Field, then known as Comiskey Park.

Variations with novelization[edit]

A young adult novelization of the film was written by Todd Strasser in 1993. At one point, Henry hits a grand slam due to his incredible arm strength. However, this stands in contrast to what occurs in the film, as Henry is not shown to be a competent hitter.


The film has received mostly mixed reviews from critics, receiving just a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 18 critics.[1]


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