When the owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly, his will bequeaths the team to his grandson Billy, a devotee of baseball who, although only 12, has devoured voluminous lore, knows the team intimately, and has shown an uncanny sixth sense of what they need to improve. They hate their manager, so Billy quickly fires the SOB, winning their instant approval. However, this turns to dismay when he announces their new manager: Billy Heywood. How will Billy convince a gang of proud, tough men to stick around and take orders from a kid? On the other hand, what's to lose-- the team has nowhere to go but up.Written by
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In a movie in which the plot revolves around the owner of a baseball team passing away, in this case Jason Robards as Minnesota Twins owner Thomas Heywood, it's ironic that the film unintentionally features a reference to a real owner who had passed away. During the Twins games against the Texas Rangers (when Billy argues with the umpire), if you look on the sleeve of the Rangers' gray jerseys, there is a black "HEC" stenciled into the uniform. It's a reference to H. Eddie Chiles who passed away shortly after selling the Texas Rangers franchise to an investment group led by Dallas businessman Rusty Rose and future President of the United States, George W. Bush. See more »
In the last inning of the game between the Twins and the Mariners, Dave Magadan gets his uniform dirty after being tagged out sliding into second base, yet in the bottom of that inning he makes a diving catch and stands on his knees and you can see his uniform is clean. This is similar to the Ken Griffey Jr. incident as well. See more »
Here's an easy one. Who was the first black player to play in the major leagues?
You want me to say Jackie Robinson, but I won't. Fleet Walker for Toledo. I believe the year was 1884.
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The owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly and decides to leave the team to his grandson Billy (Luke Edwards). Billy soon realizes that the players can't stand their mean manager so Billy takes that over as well and tries to lead the team to a championship.
The early 90s delivered several different baseball movies aimed at children and LITTLE BIG LEAGUE is one that actually plays out pretty good. As with another film from this period, BLANK CHECK, this film basically tries to appeal to the kid's fantasy of being put in charge of something normally left to adults. Whereas BLANK CHECK was a pretty bland film, this one here turns into a funny comedy.
There are some pretty funny moments throughout the film but there's no question that a lot of credit has to go to Edwards who turns in a very good performances as the child who finds himself in control of a professional team. The child in the film has a lot to deal with and I thought Edwards was very believable in the role and managed to make you believe the situation.
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