Corrected entry: Nuke LaLoosh is actually based on a real Minor League pitcher, Steve Dalkowski. Dalkowski threw about 110-115 mph and couldn't find the plate, much like the LaLoosh character. The connection? Ron Shelton, the director, played Minor League baseball with Steve in the Orioles farm system. Steve was such a crackpot (IQ of 60, drank like a fish, actually hit a fan some 27 rows into the stands, etc.), Shelton decided he would base a character on him.
Corrected entry: I'm not saying this is a mistake but it certainly is amusing for those who know baseball. After Nuke's first professional start, the coaches are recapping his game. They say "18 strikeouts, new league record" "18 walks, another new league record". Keep in mind that this is his FIRST professional start. 18 walks multiplied by the minimum 4 pitches is 72 pitches. 18 strikeouts X the minimum 3 is another 54. It's safe to assume that anyone who walked 18 wouldn't have struck out 18 on three pitches each so lets assume that Nuke threw an average of 2 balls to each batter he struck out, another 36 pitches. To be generous, we'll say he didn't throw even 1 strike to the 18 that he walked. This also doesn't take into consideration any hits that the other team had that didn't result in an out or a walk or any foul balls, hit batters or warm up pitches between innings. Even funnier is that at the time Nuke pitched, his teams record was 0-3 and hadn't scored any runs all season. After the game when Nuke is being interviewed, he is asked how it felt to get his first professional win. First, he would have thrown at least 162 pitches but realistically well more than this just by logical baseball math. Second, how many runs would his inept Durham Bulls team have had to score to get him this win if he walked 18? There are so many laughable baseball goofs but I'm not calling them bloopers. I understand that there were certain liberties taken in order to tell the story and it's still my favorite movie of all time. But over 200 pitches in his debut? And he got the win? Too funny.
Corrected entry: After Nuke is called up to "The Show" Crash is released and goes to Asheville to play out the rest of the season. Nuke says the big league has expanded the roster. This happens on September 1st each year. The minor league season usually ends at this same time so it would be impossible for Crash to go to Asheville to continue playing.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Crash bets three of his teammates that he can get them a rainout, one of the three that accepts his bet is a black teammate. When they arrive at the park to over water the field and run the muddy bases, all three players are white, including Nuke, who wasn't part of the original bet.