This 1993 release opens on the last-place Chicago Cubs, where Chet Steadman (Gary Busey) is the aging ace of the financially-failing club. With a broken arm, 11-year-old Henry Rowengardner (Thomas Ian Nichols) surprises the Cubs and their fans by throwing the opposing team’s home run ball to the catcher from the outfield bleachers. The Cubs management quickly adds Henry as a relief pitcher with his 100-mph fastball, leading to Henry’s popularity at school and among his clique of friends.
Daniel Stern co-directs and also co-stars as the dimwitted pitching coach Phil Brickma. MLB greats Barry Bonds and Vladimir Guerrero make appearances in the film, where they both get struck out by Henry.
Stern made an online appearance as Phil Brickma when the Cubs made the 2016 World Series (which they won).
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