PG | | Drama, Sport
The second film released by TriStar Pictures. It was supposed to be the first, but they felt that baseball movies don't do well. So instead, Where the Boys Are (1984) was released first, in April, and this movie followed in May. Director Barry Levinson said this during an appearance on Costas at the Movies (2013).
My ma urged me to get out of this game. When I was a kid, she pleaded with me. And I meant to, you know what I mean? But she died.
Red Blow: Tough.
Pop Fisher: Now look at me. I'm wet nurse to a last-place, dead-to-the-neck-up ball club, and I'm choking to death!
In the game where Hobbs breaks the Wrigley Field clock, his homer ends the game, as everyone in the stands begins to leave and Hobbs gets mobbed by the press. But since the Knights were the visitors, the Cubs get to bat last.
The movie depicts the 1939 season. Prior to the 1950 season the home team had the option to bat first or last so it was possible for the visiting team to bat in the bottom of an inning.
Director's cut runs approx. 5 minutes longer.
$5,088,381 13 May 1984
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