->"''Remember, kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you'll never go wrong.''"
-->-- '''Babe Ruth'''

A 1993 classic ComingOfAgeStory, it follows the summer adventures and misadventures of a group of boys and their ragtag baseball team playing on "The Sandlot," their makeshift baseball field in Los Angeles, during the summer of 1962.

Scotty Smalls is fairly brainy but struggles with making new friends due to being uncoordinated (doesn't have any skill at sports) and general shyness. In addition to being TheNewGuy, his mom recently remarried and he isn't quite adjusted to his new step-dad. Watching a group of kids play at the sandlot, he is invited to join by their best player and team leader Benny Rodriguez. An outcast among the group at first, Benny [[BigBrotherMentor guides Scotty to become a decent ball player]] in his own right and is accepted by the others.

As the film progresses, they learn about s'mores, crushes, friendship and that growing up doesn't always mean disaster. They are also forced to match wits with "The Beast," a vicious [[ShroudedInMyth genetically altered dog who was locked up for killing some 170 people trying to steal from the junk yard]], and now lives behind the left field fence.

Basically this movie was to the kids of TheNineties what ''Film/TheGoonies'' was to the kids of TheEighties. It also follows TheHerosJourney so well it's practically the baseball version of ''StarWars''.

Two direct-to video sequels were made thirteen years after the original had came and went:
* ''The Sandlot 2'' (2005): Set in 1972 (ten years after the first movie) and features a new cast of kids taking over the lot. Essentially a GenerationXerox of the first movie only with girls in the group and replacing the prized baseball with a model rocket.
* ''The Sandlot: Heading Home'' (2007): Featured a bit more originality as it features an arrogant professional baseball player getting knocked out and winding up back in 1976 (four years after the second movie) to relive his childhood and learn ThePowerOfFriendship.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AlasPoorVillain: The Beast. He wasn't really a villain, but it's still sad to see him crushed by the metal fence. Smalls and Benny were the only ones to take pity on him and helped him.
* AnAesop: Tobacco is bad for you. Chewing tobacco, in this case.
* AngryGuardDog: The Beast, which has a reputation for eating trespassers. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a BigFriendlyDog who just ''reeeeeeeally'' likes baseballs.]]
%%** [[spoiler: The Great Fear in ''2''.]]
* ArcWords: "Good things to good people" in ''Heading Home''.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: "Shit" is said three times by the kids throughout the movie, although the chewing tobacco scene and the pool scene might also have pushed it past the G rating.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Hitting a home run to left field is this for the kids because, as awesome as hitting a home run is, it means they lose their ball and can't play anymore.
* BatmanGambit: It could be argued that Squints' stunt at the pool was one of these. He nearly drowned himself just so he could kiss the lifeguard that he's been in love with for years. And although it causes him to get banned from the swimming pool for life, it also causes Wendy Peffercorn to finally take notice of him. [[spoiler:In the end, his gambit pays off better than he ever could have imagined, because years after the film ends Squints and Wendy get married and have a lot of kids.]]
* BerserkButton: In ''Heading Home'', you talk about Tommy's mom or bring up her illness, he'll go Creator/QuentinTarantino on you.
* BewareOfViciousDog: [[spoiler:Subverted. A good 3/4 of the movie sets up The Beast as this terrifying nigh-supernatural monster they will eat you the instant you enter his territory, but he's a friendly dog. His son, the Fear, in ''The Sandlot 2'' takes after him.]]
* BigEater: The fat kid in each film is often seen eating.
* BigBrotherMentor: Benny goes out of his way to befriend Smalls, gives him his old baseball hat, and teaches him how play baseball.
%%* BlackSheep: One of The Beast's children, the Great Fear, in ''2''.
* BlindBlackGuy: Mr. Mertle, the owner of The Beast. [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint Smalls assumes the blind part is why he never beat Babe Ruth's record,]] but the implication is the black part.
* BrickJoke: Scotty stops wearing his dorky long-brimmed fish hat after Benny half-jokingly tells him to chuck it in the fireplace. In the last scene of the movie, [[spoiler: we see that he didn't heed Benny's advice: he's wearing it again while announcing at the baseball game]].
* BrokenGlassPenalty: The Beast's owner has [[spoiler:an impressive collection of baseball memorabilia]].
* CarryingACake: During the ChaseScene at the end, the bakers avoid this trope twice, only to fail at the last moment. Cake in the face and they feel despair.
* CareerEndingInjury: Mr. Mertle took a "high hard one" to the head which caused him to go blind, ending his baseball career.
* CentrifugalFarce: The infamous "Tequila" scene involves a bunch of kids trying chewing tobacco to emulate their baseball idols, and then getting onto a fast spinning carnival ride. [[VomitChainReaction Vomit ensues.]].
* ChaseScene: The film's climactic scene is Benny [[spoiler: outrunning the Beast all over the whole town and to the sandlot again; LITERALLY all over town!]]
* ClusterFBomb: Subverted. For most of the movie, the boys swear plenty, but when it comes time for the name-calling contest, they decide [[NotUsingTheZWord not to use the "B" word]] and substitute it with "female dog!" Granted, that's what it ''means'', but still...
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Mertle, The Beast's owner. [[spoiler: He's a former professional baseball player who raised The Beast.]]
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Smalls suggests they go talk to The Beast's owner to have him get the ball back for them. Squints shoots this down, and everyone else agrees. [[spoiler:The first thing Mr. Mertle says when they tell them they were trying to get it back is to ask why they didn't just ask him. Cue everyone shouting at Squints and hitting him over the head with their baseball caps.]] Better justified than most examples given the urban legends surrounding The Beast, and the fact that the main characters are kids.
** Similarly happens in the sequel, but worse since the main character is the younger brother of Smalls and so should know better.
* CurbstompBattle: Despite the snobby team's arrogance, Benny and company completely dominated the game against them. The snobs never got a hit off, and once the Sandlot team had their turn at bat, they stayed at bat until the end of the day.
%%* DeathGlare: In ''Heading Home'', between Tommy and EJ.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: "You play ball like a ''girl!''" Hey, it ''is'' the summer of 1962.
* DirtyCoward: EJ. Before he leaves, he tells Ryan to fight his own battles.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding: What Tommy ends up getting at the end of ''Heading Home''.
* EvilCounterpart: Thematically, "The Beast" is this to "The Babe". Both of them are larger-than-life legends, but the kids look up to Babe Ruth as a revered hero, while they see the Beast as a dreaded monster. Appropriately, [[spoiler: the Beast turns out to be named "[[MeaningfulName Hercules]]", and it turns out that his owner knew Babe Ruth personally]].
* FanMyopia: InUniverse, most of the boys assume that everyone knows who Babe Ruth is and what he did, so [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep they generally call him "The Bambino."]] This lack of clarification on Ruth and his career results in Smalls, new to the game, not realizing just how valuable his stepfather's Ruth-autographed baseball is, and thus using it to play ball (which ends up in the possession of The Beast after a homer).
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Type 4.
-->'''Hamilton''': You play ball like a '''''GIRL'''''!\\
''(MassOhCrap reactions)''
* FunHatingConfiscatingAdult: Mr. Mertle is known as one to the Sandlot team. "He's the one who made the beast eat that kid!" [[spoiler: This is a subversion as neither is really as bad as the children originally believed.]]
* GroundedForLife: Subverted; Smalls clearly fears this fate, and is glad when his dad decides to only ground him for one week.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Squints has a hopeless crush on the lifeguard at the local swimming pool, Wendy Peffercorn. He is so desperate for her to notice him that he nearly drowns himself just so that he can give her a kiss while she's performing CPR on him. [[spoiler:During the film's WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue we learn that Squints and Wendy eventually got married and had nine kids. They still happily married in ''Heading Home''.]]
* GroinAttack: In ''Heading Home'', Two-ton wants to kick Tommy in the balls after he was knocked in the head.
* HammeredIntoTheGround: Smalls mentioned having a dream about a giant baseball signed by Babe Ruth that "fell out of the sky and hammered him into the ground like a railroad spike".
* HelloNurse: Wendy Peffercorn has two scenes. The first has just Squints and Yeah-yeah staring at her entranced. The second, in the pool, has all nine boys staring at her.
* TheHero: Smalls is TheProtagonist but Benny is the classical Hero because he is the one taking heroic action. [[spoiler: Jumping into the Beast's territory and then outrunning it all over town is comparable to a modern day Herculean feat.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Scotty and Benny seem to be heading in this direction with Mr. Mertle at the end of the film. [[spoiler: Part of the deal they make at the end is talking baseball with him on a weekly basis.]]
* IHaveManyNames: All of the boys (except Smalls at first, since he's new to baseball) idolize Babe Ruth, and they commonly refer to him by one of Ruth's numerous nicknames (most commonly, The Bambino). In fact, only Mr. Mertle uses Ruth's real first name, George.
%%* {{Jerkass}}: E.J. Needman in ''Heading Home''.
* KissOfLife: Squints deliberately pretends to drown in order to get the kiss of life from a hot lifeguard (who is played by Creator/MarleyShelton so you can hardly blame him). The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue reveals that [[spoiler: Squints and the lifeguard eventually got married and had a ''lot'' of kids.]]
* KnuckleCracking: Benny cracks his knuckles when he faces off with the Beast. He does it with ''one hand'', pinching his fore- and middle-fingers with his thumb.
* MadnessMantra: ''"Lotioning...oiling...lotioning...oiling..."''
* TheMagnificent: Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez.
* MaleGaze: Wendy Peffercorn's introduction ends with a long tracking shot of her butt as she walks down the street in slow-motion. To say nothing of the extended slo-mo shot of her applying sunscreen.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Mr. Mertle to the Sandlot gang. They think he's a terrifying beast master but he's really a CoolOldGuy who used to play professional baseball.]]
* MsFanservice: Wendy Peffercorn has ''two'' scenes that show her reducing Squints to ga-ga eyes just by existing.
* NewParentNomenclatureProblem: Scotty's mother had just married a new man he doesn't connect with off the bat. After gaining new friends and learning about baseball, he begins to find some more common ground with him and says in the closing narration he soon had no problem calling him "dad".
* NiceHat: Inverted with Small's first hat, which Benny tells him to throw in his fireplace, and played straight with the hat he gives Smalls. [[spoiler: He doesn't throw the hat away. He's wearing it while announcing the game.]]
* NiceGuy: Benny's niceness as noted under BigBrotherMentor is all the more apparent in contrast with the other members of his team.
* NostalgicNarrator: The adult Scotty, voiced by the film's writer-director David M. Evans.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: The dog, A.K.A. Hercules. The whole movie revolves around the boys' fear of the dog on the other side of the fence. They have believed that the dog was a monster that wanted to kill them. The truth? It's just a big dog who wants to play and may have been protecting its territory because it thought the boys were threatening.
* OhCrap:
** Rather: "[[PrecisionFStrike Oh SHIT!]]" when [[spoiler: The Beast leaps over the fence to get the ball back from Benny.]]
** Also the team's reaction when Smalls tells them the ball he hit over the fence was signed by "Baby Ruth".
* OpposingSportsTeam: Subverted; it initially appears like the Sandlot ragtag team have met their villainous match midway through the film with a rival team that is introduced, complete with snobby attitude and nice uniforms.[[spoiler: In the very next scene the Sandlot team defeats them in blow-out fashion.]]
%%** Zig-zagged with ''Heading Home'', which becomes the focus of the film this time.
* PetTheDog: In the film's climax, after the confrontation with The Beast, the sandlot fence falls on The Beast, trapping him. Smalls and Benny eventually move the fence enough to let The Beast out, resulting in Smalls being inches away from The Beast. What does the dog do, inches from one of the kids that he's been unable to get at the whole film? [[spoiler: What any BigFriendlyDog would do, particularly after being helped out - he happily licks Smalls' face.]]
* PhraseCatcher: Smalls gets "You're killing me, Smalls!" several times from Ham.
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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: The movie takes place in 1962 and features Benny, who's Hispanic, and Kenny, who's black, hanging out with white kids all around town with no one batting an eye (their races aren't even commented upon). At the time, institutionalized racial segregation was still in effect and even in a more liberal area like Southern California, you'd be hard pressed to find a black kid playing baseball with a bunch of white kids (even a Hispanic kid would be considered pushing it).
* ProductPlacement: For PF Flyers who were trying to launch a comeback based on the returning popularity of their main competitor, the Converse All-Stars. Smalls-As-Narrator even says that they're "guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher."
* TheQuietOne: Ryan from ''Heading Home'', who hasn't talked since his dad died. But starts talking again when he got angry at Tommy switched teams. He then tells the other team to stop talking so he can speak up giving a RousingSpeech.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The sandlot team to a tee: Benny (TheAce), Smalls (NaiveNewcomer), Squints (GuileHero), Ham (BoisterousBruiser), etc.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:Mr. Mertle played professionally, was such a close friend of Babe Ruth that he called him by his real name, George, and could have equaled or even ''rivaled'' the Babe in terms of skill, [[CareerEndingInjury had he not lost his vision via a fastball to the face]].]]
* RoleReprisal: Chauncey Leopardi returns as Squints for the third movie.
* ScaryBlackMan: What everyone assume Mr. Mertle to be. "He's the one who made the Beast eat that kid!" [[spoiler: He's actually a CoolOldGuy.]]
%%* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: ''Heading Home''.
* ShadowArchetype: Mr. Mertle to Benny. In his youth, he was just as devoted to baseball as Benny, until [[spoiler: a wayward ball cost him his eyesight, and forced him to find something else to live for]]. He cautions Benny against getting too obsessed with the game like he did. Fittingly, [[spoiler: Benny follows in his footsteps and becomes a professional baseball player]].
* ShoutOut: Mr. Mertle is basically an expy of James Earl Jones' character in ''Film/FieldOfDreams''.
* TheSixties: Babe Ruth, Tobacco as a baseball icon, and Smalls mentions Maury Wills "breaking the stolen bases record".
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Plays into the dynamic of the Sandlot's crew versus their uniformed rivals; the rivals appear to be a collection of [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]], and all wear uniform clothing, while the crew is a RagTagBunchOfMisfits that's racially diverse, includes multiple examples of HollywoodNerd, the new kid in town, a somewhat rotund future pro-wrestler, and yet are so utterly devoted to baseball for the fun of it that they crush their uniformed counterparts.
* SpiritualSuccessor: You could say this is ''Film/AChristmasStory'' for the summer months.
* SupportingProtagonist: Though Scott is the viewpoint character as well as the narrator, it's obvious that Benny is the real [[TheHero hero]] because he's the one taking the heroic action.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The sequels each have a loudmouth fat kid, like Ham, in the Sandlot gang.
* TeamPet:
** [[spoiler: Hercules, aka, "The Beast" becomes the mascot for the Sandlot team. ]]
** [[spoiler:One of Hercules' children, Goliath aka "The Great Fear", does likewise in ''The Sandlot 2''.]]
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: When the gang go to play baseball on the 4th of July, they hit the the ball just as the fireworks are going off. They are so mesmerized they all stop playing just to watch.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: "You play ball like a '''''GIRL!'''''". Them's fighting words.
%%* TokenMinority: There's one black kid in the Sandlot gang in each film.
* TruthInTelevision: [[spoiler:English Mastiffs like The Beast are bred to be intimidating in appearance, but {{Big Friendly Dog}}s in temperament.]]
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: The Fear ([[spoiler:Goliath]]) in the sequel is a lot like his father the Beast.
* VerbalTic: Three guesses as to what Yeah-Yeah's is.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Sandlot crew were shocked and appalled when they found out Smalls took without permission his step-dad's Babe Ruth autographed baseball and actually played with it, resulting in it getting taken by The Beast. To them, a ball autographed by Babe Ruth is as precious as a diamond.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: As is typical for these types of films, the end has Scott narrating what ultimately became of his friends, as their images fade out one by one. At the very end, we're treated to a TimeSkip showing that [[spoiler: Scott is now a sports commentator, and Benny plays baseball professionally for their hometown Los Angeles Dodgers.]]
* WidescreenShot: All over this movie. People tend to be very spread out when they're on a baseball field.
* WorthyOpponent: Benny is seen as such to the snobby players. "You shouldn't be allowed to touch a baseball. ''Except for Rodriguez,'' you're all an insult to the game!"
* WouldHitAGirl: Singleton in the sequel. David responds by decking him in the face.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Squints deliberately jumps into the deep end of the pool, despite not swimming well, because he knows that Wendy Peffercorn, who is on lifeguard duty, will drag him out and give him mouth-to-mouth. While he may have actually passed out at first from this, he certainly was aware enough at the end to fake being unconscious long enough to get her close enough for a kiss.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: [[spoiler: Ham grows up to be a professional wrestler, professionally known as The Great Hambino.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Benny successfully pickles The Beast to get the ball back...which leads to the OhCrap moment above.