Rookie of the Year

Revealing mistake: At the end of the decisive game, the bad guy hits a deep foul ball. During that hit, they show the ball against a black background. If you look very closely at the bottom of the screen, you can see a hand throwing the ball.

Factual error: For a baseball movie, you would think they would have known the rules of the game better. There is a scene in which Henry uses the "hidden ball trick" to pick a runner off of first base. He stands on the rubber on the mound with only the rosin bag in his hand while the first basemen holds the ball. It is a violation for him to stand on the rubber or straddle it without the ball in his hand and is called a "balk". Technically the runner should have been awarded second base.

Continuity mistake: In the big game the Cubs' manager says to Chet, "You gave me six great innings." But somehow, Henry pitches four innings when there are no extra innings in the game. How unusual.

Continuity mistake: In the final match of the season, the time shown on the scoreboard clock remains the same throughout.

Factual error: At the first Cubs home game of the season, you can see that the ivy on the back wall of Wrigley Field is green. The ivy is never green like that during the first two months, at least, of the season.

Visible crew/equipment: When Henry's mom punches Jack, watch as he rolls down the steps: it is not Jack but a stunt double.

Continuity mistake: When one of the batters is hit, watch closely and the ball is tossed from above.

Continuity mistake: When Henry, his mom and Chet are in the airport, the scene shows Henry and Chet just coming out of the gate and they have no bags in their hands. They start running away from the media with Henry's mom across the skywalk, then it shows them exiting the airport still running. Both Chet and Henry have bags in their hands.

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Suggested correction: We see a blue strap going over Henry's right shoulder when exiting the gate and first approaching the reporters, and after Chet grabs him at the gate we see the straps attach to a blue sports bag. We also see a fast glimpse of a brown bag on Chet's left, mostly covered by his suit coat, which is then very visible as they are running through the terminal and climbing into the limo. Chet's bag isn't visible until they are running because it is low and blocked by the people around him.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene when Cliff Murdoch's radio fritzes out, Cliff is fiddling with his microphone, but then in the next shot, the microphone is down on the tabletop in front of him. (00:03:10)

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Factual error: At the end of the season the Cubs end the year tied with the Mets for the Division. This is correct since the MLB didn't switch to 3 divisions until '94 (when there were no playoffs that year due to the player strike). In the 1 game playoff with the Mets John Candy gets excited and declares the winner will go to the World Series. After the game the Coach tells Chet "I'm saving you for the playoffs". If Candy was right about the game then the coach is a complete idiot for not knowing that they are already IN the playoffs. Now they couldn't have been playing in the Division Series (the 5 game first round series) because that didn't exist until '95(would have started in '94 if not for the strike). So either the game was meant to be game 7 of the LCS (League Championship Series), which isn't possible because at the time the Cubs and Mets were in the same division and before '95 (once again due to the strike) 2 teams from the same division couldn't make the playoffs together, or this was a one game playoff to decide the division winner and then the winner would go on to the LCS, which makes Candy wrong. Either way this isn't explained very well at all and confuses many.

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Continuity mistake: At the end, in the big game, they show Henry striking out people as usual after replacing Chet Steadman. During the time when they show one strike after another, for a few seconds, you can clearly see that Chet Steadman is back on the mound.

Factual error: During one of the games, a batter swings and makes contact. In the next shot (of the Chicago pitcher), the second-base umpire can be seen in the background making the "home run" signal (finger pointed upwards, moving in a circular motion). The next shot, from above, shows the ball bouncing into the outfield for a single. We all hear about how the umpires should get glasses, but first, this one should get a nice ol' pair of eyes...

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Henry, his mom and friends are going down the escalator from getting Henry's cast off, Henry's Mom is on one side and the boys are on the other. The side that Henry's Mom is on is going down, but the side that the Boy's are on is going up. They are all standing still for a minute, but they stay side by side while one escalator is going up and the other is going down.

Other mistake: In the last game, Chet pitches six innings ("You gave me six great innings!"), then Henry takes over pitching, meaning he'd be pitching in the 7th inning. Sounds good, until we fast forward to the 9th, with Heddo batting with two outs... Assuming Henry was perfect, Heddo would be the 9th batter Henry faced, meaning he would've been Chet's last out in the 6th, which of course he wasn't (the Chet play at the plate ended the 6th and he wasn't facing Heddo.) Also, Heddo was seen walking up to the plate after the second out of the inning (the rundown at second base), with Martinella saying something like "holy goosebumps, it's Heddo" as he approached. Heddo would've been on deck, so it wasn't a surprise, plus he would've already been at the plate prior to the rundown play.

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Suggested correction: There is a reasonable explanation for both of those points. Heddo could have been a substitution player after the sixth inning, or be a pinch hitter, so hadn't been to bat yet. This would be logical since Heddo is a fastball hitter and they think Henry is still throwing fastballs, so as a last ditch sent him in. For why they didn't notice that Heddo was on deck, they were captivated by the on-field action, and with Henry off the mound going over by first base and doing stupid stuff, hadn't looked over yet to see who was next.

Other mistake: When Henry gets his cast put on, there is a brace going from his upper arm to his waist that is molded in place with the cast. After he leaves the doctor's office, it has suddenly disappeared.

Factual error: When the Cubs go to play the Dodgers, they show an overhead shot of Dodger Stadium. But during the game, they are not even using Dodger Stadium; they are using the Chicago White Sox Stadium. Dodger Stadium doesn't have a see-through fence in the outfield as it was in the movie. Dodger Stadium also doesn't have a blue hitter's background. It is black.

Revealing mistake: When the boys take the boat out, almost every shot shows smoke coming from the rear. If you look closely, the smoke isn't coming from the motor but next to it.

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Suggested correction: The smoke is coming from the motor, escaping it through the side, which makes it appear to be coming from elsewhere.

Continuity mistake: At the party, Larry talks to Jack. Jack is looking directly at Larry but the scene switches angles and Jack's head is tilted down instantly.

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Audio problem: When Henry is at bat, his mother is berating the pitcher. She starts saying you stupid mother... and it cuts to Gary Busey completing the sentence. He says "God damn," but his mouth doesn't match. Chances are he said the f-word but it was changed in post for ratings issues.

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Continuity mistake: While flying on the road trip, the interior shots show a widebody aircraft with twin aisles. The exterior shots show the much smaller 727, which only has a single aisle.

Cliff Murdoch: I just figured out why the Cubs lose every year. They've got more talent in the stands than they do in the field.

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