->''The Chicago Cubs needed a miracle... they got Henry Rowengartner.''

12-year-old Henry Rowengartner is a Little Leaguer who is a little...inept at playing (as in, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he inadvertently throws a fielded ball over the outfield fence instead of to the infield]]). When he breaks his arm trying to catch a fly ball, it seems like another downer for the kid - until he discovers that the tendons in his arm have healed a little too tight, giving him the ability to throw the ball with amazing force.

After a startling demonstration of this newfound ability at Wrigley Field, he is signed on as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, where he learns that being a professional baseball player is a lot harder than it looks. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.

Was the big acting break for future ''Film/AmericanPie'' star Thomas Ian Nicholas. Also featured GaryBusey, Albert Hall, DanielStern (who also directed), Eddie Bracken, Dan Hedaya and Amy Morton. It also features JohnCandy in an uncredited supporting performance as Cubs announcer Cliff Murdoch.

One of two big semi-family-oriented baseball movies in 1993. The other was ''Film/TheSandlot''.
!!This movie contains examples of:
* AccidentalAthlete: Discovered after his surgically repaired arm allows him to throw a home run ball from the outfield bleachers all the way back to home plate.
* AccidentalMisnaming: The team's manager constantly misremembers Henry's last name.
--> "Gardenhoser!"
** YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: He finally gets his name right in the Division Championship after Steadman's arm gives out. This actually ''confuses'' Henry.
---> "What did he call me?"
* ArtisticLicenseSports / LoopholeAbuse derailed: In real life, the minimum allowed age for a Major Leaguer is sixteen.
** When Henry throws the home run ball from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, the players and ump treat it like a live play. It isn't. Although, this can be excused by the fact that everyone was visibly stunned by the ball suddenly flying across the field and, having never experienced such a wild situation before, weren't entirely sure where to take the action from there, so they just decided to treat it as live.
** At the end of the film, Henry is allowed to play in Little League after his Major League stint. Even if he were able to pitch in the Majors (see above), that would disqualify him from playing in Little League.
** Like a similar goof-up in ''Film/MajorLeague'', Heddo is the last batter Henry faces in the climactic game after setting down eight in a row. However, that would've meant Heddo should've been the last batter Steadman faced before leaving (even weirder, everyone acts surprised Heddo is even coming to bat, as if he just materialized into the game). This one could, however, be adequately explained if Heddo were coming in as a pinch-hitter. Thus is likely since Heddo was not shown fielding during the game.
** The hidden ball trick is a time-honored tradition in MLB; however, the way they used it in the climax here should have been called a balk, as Henry is standing astride the rubber without the baseball. Further, he hides the rosin bag in his glove to further fool the runner, a big no-no in baseball (he can only use it to dry his pitching hand; he can't apply it to anything else, including the ball.) At the very least, the runner should've been at second; at the very worst, Henry should have been ejected.
** As was the case in ''The Scout'', it would be ''incredibly'' unlikely, if not impossible, that a player who has never played a game of professional baseball in his life would jump directly to the Major Leagues.[[note]]The most notable exception would be those with professional experience in other leagues, such as players coming from Nippon Professional Baseball.[[/note]] Henry would have almost certainly pitched in the Minor Leagues first to learn how to actually play at the professional level, and to get some actual game experience, before being called up.
*** Of course the main point of bringing Henry directly to the Cubs was as a publicity stunt designed to fill the stadium to avoid forfeiting the franchise.
* ChekhovsSkill: Mary's underhanded lobs.
* CloudCuckoolander: Brickma, full stop.
* CreditsGag: The end credits list Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, and Pedro Guerrero, all playing themselves, as "Three Big Whiffers"; they all strike out against Henry during a montage in the film.
* CurseCutShort: Combined with a SmashCut; Mary starts it while watching the game at work while [[AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption Chet actually finishes the curse in the dugout]].
** When Henry throws the floater (real MLB name: Eephus pitch), you can see manager Sal Martinella mouth "What the f-" before the camera cuts away.
* CustomUniform: Henry's Little League team allows him to wear jeans and sneakers rather than proper the proper stirrup pants and cleats. {{Hand Wave}}d by saying he never gets to play in the first place.
** At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: he's wearing his giant World Series ring while playing!]]
* DeathGlare: During his first game, Henry yells out some Little League-style encouragement to his idol Chet, who promptly gives up a base hit amidst the noise; Chet gives one of these to Henry, who meekly sits back down.
* DescriptionCut: While the hapless Cubs are getting pummeled yet again:
-->'''Ernie''': Poor Mr. Carson, his last season as team owner. He must be really depressed.\\
* cut to Carson looking at his Cracker Jack prize*\\
* DisabilitySuperpower
* DisappearedDad: Henry's dad
* DownToTheLastPlay
* FeudEpisode: His fame nearly ruined his friendship.
* GameBreakingInjury: [[spoiler:Steadman's surgically repaired shoulder finally gives out in the final game of the film. Henry also resets his tendons accidentally after taking a fall similar to the one earlier in the film, and loses his superhuman velocity for the final inning.]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nd693I5X1E "Ffffffff-Funky butt-lovin'..."]] He plays it as if he's about to make an AtomicFBomb, but corrects himself on the Fffff.....
-->Did he say "funky butt-lovin'"?
* IceCreamKoan: Chet delivers a long, rambling RousingSpeech to Henry during one of his first times on the mound, all about "The Have-To". As he heads back to the dugout...
-->'''Chet''': The 'have-to'? What the heck was I talking about?\\
'''Henry''': What the heck was he talking about?\\
'''Manager''': What did you say?\\
'''Chet''': [[LampshadeHanging You wouldn't understand]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Why Henry tells the owner he's going to give up playing for the Cubs once the season is over.
* InnocentInnuendo: When Brickma shows Henry all a baseball party has to offer, he stops in front of two gorgeous women.
--> '''Brickma''': Excuse me, ladies.\\
''(The women stare at him expectedly.)''\\
'''Brickma''': ''Excuse me''.\\
''(Confused, the women leave, to reveal a pinball machine behind them.)''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chet Steadman.
* LockedUpAndLeftBehind: Brickma accidentally gets stuck between the connecting doors of two hotel rooms and only gets rescued when housekeeping finds him. Then before the final game, he gets locked in his clubhouse locker and is stuck there the whole time.
** The first thing he does when he's first seen in the film is catch the clubhouse locker door as it's closing before he gets locked in. It seems to be a recurring issue for him.
* MamaBear: Henry's mom.
-->(Henry dives back to first on a pickoff attempt)\\
'''Mary, watching on TV while working''': HE HIT HIM TOO HARD!\\
'''Mary's client''': He was just trying to make the tag--\\
'''Mary''': (turns gardening knife on him) Hey...
* MassOhCrap: While everyone is watching Henry's press conference on TV:
-->'''Fish''': You wanna see Henry pitch? Come out to Wrigley!\\
[=*cut to everyone watching on TV*=]\\
'''Henry's teammates''': AHHHHHHHHH!!!!\\
'''Henry's Little League coach''': AHHHHHHH!!!!\\
'''Henry's doctor sits on his patient's leg''': AHHHHHHHH!!!!
* {{Montage}}: The four months Henry's been in the cast, as well as when he becomes a pitching sensation.
* MusicalGag: The opening drumming fanfare when the classic Fox logo comes up initially makes the viewer think they're going to hear the famous studio theme; instead, the drums slightly changes melody as it instead segues into the film's main theme.
* OhCrap: When Henry's about to throw the baseball back in the field.
** Fish, when Henry mentions to Carson that [[spoiler:Fish went behind his back to sell Henry to the Yankees.]]
* OldShame: InUniverse. The manager beaned Brickma during their playing days, implying that brain damage from that beaning led to how he acts today. He also implies this is why Brickma has his current job.
* ParentalSubstitute: Chet Steadman quickly becomes a father figure for Henry.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Henry is just a kid, but he can throw fastballs at over 100 miles an hour.
* PrecisionFStrike: Mary and Chet get increasingly angry at what they perceive to be the Dodgers pitcher throwing at Henry (despite the fact he's basically outside the batter's box and is so skittish, he falls even if when it's not close to him).
-->*Henry takes another dive during a pitch*\\
'''Mary''': You big ugly piece [[CurseCutShort of--]]\\
'''Chet''': [[SmashCut SHIT!]]
* ProductPlacement: Henry makes a commercial for Diet Pepsi with Music/RayCharles.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: When Mr. Carson finds out Fish tried to sell Henry to the Yankees, he demotes him to selling hot dogs in the stands.
** Also counts as IronicEcho. Fish threatened another employee with this very fate.
* RunningGag: Doors closing of their own accord behind Brickma. It causes serious trouble for him a couple times in the film.
* SaveOurTeam: The Cubs have to sell out every game for the rest of the season, or else MLB will seize control of the franchise. This is what gives Fish the impetus to sign Henry (as Carson was planning to hand the reins over to him), but then the subplot is essentially dropped.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Henry finally tires of Jack's scheduling of endorsement shoots and wants to go back to his friends, which then reveals Jack's corrupted nature.
* ShipperOnDeck: Henry for his mom and Chet Steadman.
* ShoutOut: The way Henry tries to enter the Cubs' clubhouse is a nod to [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Dorothy at the gates of Oz]].
* StunnedSilence: Henry causes ''an entire stadium'' to fall silent when he chucks a ball from the outfield bleachers to home plate.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: Played with. A man in the stands who failed to throw back a home run gets angry when Henry throws it from the nosebleed section of center field to Home Plate, thinking it was to show him up. He tries to go after Henry, but his friend stops him, saying simply "He'd kill ya" if he tried to fight a kid with such a strong arm.
* TalkToTheFist: How Mary finally ends her relationship with Jack; it knocks him out the screen door and down the front steps.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Mary's boyfriend Jack goes from a dorky, if well-meaning guy to a complete and total ass as soon as he gets a taste of big money. Also becomes jealous when Mary and Steadman are becoming a couple.
* TryNotToDie: Chet's very brief pep talk to Henry before the latter goes to bat for the first time.
-->'''Chet''': Remember, stay low.\\
'''Henry''': Yeah, and?\\
'''Chet''': And....don't get killed!
* WasItAllALie: DoubleSubverted. Mary told Henry stories of how his dad was a great baseball player. [[spoiler:She later admits that he walked out on them when she was pregnant with Henry and was never a baseball player. However, Henry confessed that he knew all along, his grandmother told him the truth when he was in the 2nd grade. He never said anything because he thought [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy his mom liked it when she tells him stories about how "great" his dad was]]. Near the end of his last game, he discovers that [[TheReveal his mom was the great baseball player all along]].]]