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Henry Rowengartner led the Cubs to the playoffs 17 years ago in "Rookie of the Year"

Jul 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

The sole purpose of this entry is to make you feel as old as I felt after Darren Rovell of CNBC tweeted that this month is the 17th anniversary of the baseball movie “Rookie of the Year.”
I was 10 years old when the movie came out and remember thinking it was a) one of the greatest films of all time, and b) probably retroactively based on a true story that would soon be happening to me.
Meanwhile, the “kid” who played Henry Rowengartner is 30 years old now, the insane person who played Chet Steadman is 66, and repeatedly breaking my arm never did help me get to the big leagues.
“Way to go, Runamucker!”
Note: This post was brought to you by the fading memories of my childhood.

  1. CJ - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    …and it’s still the closest the Cubs have come in 17 years. Sad, isn’t it?

  2. Matt S. - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Rosenbagger! Gardenhoser!

  3. The Real Shuxion - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Wasn’t there a scene in that where he is using the rosin instead of a baseball while standing on the mound about to pitch. Then the first baseman tags the runner leading off first.
    That is a balk, right?

  4. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    “Baseball Bugs” was released 64 years ago and I thought it was the second greatest movie ever made after Godzilla, which was released (in Japan) 56 years ago. Both films hold up much better than Rookie of the Year, an unwatchably inane farrago of cliches and cheap sentiment – not to mention delusion (the Cubs in the playoffs?) so beyond the pale of possibility that it makes Angels in the Outfield look like a Discover Channel special on plate tectonics. And Angels in the Outfield is unbearably stupid itself.

  5. nps6724 - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Yes and yes.

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Craig, you are a dirty bastard. But even though you’re about a decade younger than I am, I am still much prettier than you and I even have all my hair. So there. Now where is Jobu, I need to pray to him now.

  7. kyle s - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM


  8. Stichey - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Did you know too, that six years after becoming Rookie of the Year, “The Kid” had a High School friend who HUMPED A PIE and then got caught by his Dad! Man, kids in the 90’s and their band camps…

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