Trivia / The Sandlot

  • Actor Allusion / Casting Gag: James Earl Jones as Mr. Mertle, since he'd also starred in Field of Dreams, another iconic baseball movie.
  • All There in the Manual: The script reveals that the treehouse the gang hangs out in belongs to Timmy and Tommy (which leads to some Fridge Brilliance since it's established they grow up to be successful architects after inventing mini-malls).
    • Tommy is never explicitly called by his nickname "Repeat" in the movie, but you see it in the end credits.
  • California Doubling: Inversion. Despite takin place in 1960s Los Angeles, the film was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Enforced Method Acting: To establish the bond between Smalls and Benny, David Mickey Evans brought Tom Guiry and Mike Vitar to the production a couple of weeks before the other boys so they could rehearse and get to know each other. It worked so well that when the other actors arrived, they genuinely believed that the two had been long time friends.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Smalls' stepfather is a Yankees fan, while Denis Leary, who plays him, is a long-time Red Sox fan and despises the Yankees.
  • Playing Against Type: His acerbic stand-up aside, Leary is also known for playing morally ambiguous anti-heroes in most of his film roles. Here, he plays a calm (if slightly awkward) family man.
  • Real-Life Relative: The actor who played the elder Benny is Pablo Vitar, brother of Mike Vitar, who played the young Benny.
  • What Could Have Been: David Mickey Evans wanted to have more sequels for the movie, each taking place in the subsequent decade (one in the '80s, one in the '90s, and so on).
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/TheSandlot