Taglines: The Minnesota Twins Baseball Team just got a new owner.
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.
Little Big League is a 1994 American family sports film about a 12-year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It stars Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, and Dennis Farina. This film and Disney’s Angels in the Outfield were both released just over a month before the 1994 MLB Baseball Players Strike, which forced the league to cancel the playoffs and the World Series. Both indeed feature fictional playoff races that never would have been played out in real life.
Little Big League (1994)
Directed by: Andrew Scheinman
Starring: Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton, Ashley Crow, Kevin Dunn, Jonathan Silverman, Dennis Farina, Jason Robards, Wolfgang Bodison, Kevin Elster
Screenplay by: Gregory K. Pincus
Production Design by: Jeffrey Howard
Cinematography by: Donald E. Thorin
Film Editing by: Michael Jablow
Costume Design by: Erica Edell Phillips
Set Decoration by: Ethel Robins Richards
Music by: Stanley Clarke
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and sensuality.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: June 29, 1994