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  • The older and younger Benny are played by real-life brothers, Pablo Vitar and Mike Vitar.
  • Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones) shows the boys a photo of himself with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Of course it is a retouched photo. Jones' head was put on the body of Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx, who was the real player pictured with Ruth and Gehrig. The real photo can be seen in many baseball books.
  • The name of the other park the sandlot kids play the little league team at was the L.C. Romney Baseball Park (on the scoreboard at 47:40 and 48:04). L. C. Romney was a commissioner of Salt Lake City and a democratic candidate for Governor of Utah in 1956. The film was shot in Utah.
  • When the boys are in the pool watching Wendy Peffercorn, the dialog: "She don't know what she's doing" and the answer "Yes she does, she knows exactly what she's doing" is the same as in a similar scene in Cool Hand Luke (1967).
  • In the film Denis Leary's character adores both the Babe Ruth and 1927 Yankees signed baseballs, but in real life Leary is a fan of the Boston Red Sox and hates the Yankees.
  • Five of the members of the Sandlot baseball team -- Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, and Grant Gelt -- all had roles in different episodes of Boy Meets World (1993). Art LaFleur, "The Great Bambino," was also later featured in Boy Meets World.
  • In order to establish the close bond between Smalls and Benny, the director had Tom Guiry and Mike Vitar meet and rehearse together weeks before the rest of the kids showed up to film. It worked so well that the other kids genuinely believed the two actors had been friends for a long time.
  • When the narrator is describing how everyone grew up towards the end, he says that Bertram (Grant Gelt) "got really into the sixties, and no one ever heard from him again". In real life, Gelt would go on to land a part in The '60s (1999).
  • The dog "Hercules" was an English Mastiff.
  • In Benny's dream, Babe Ruth says "I don't know why, but can I have this?" when referring to Hank Aaron's baseball card. Hank Aaron would go on to break Babe Ruth's all-time home run record.
  • The Vincent Drug store that is seen when Smalls first goes to the "Sandlot" was also used five years earlier in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) when Rachel and her friend take Jamie to pick out a costume. It was also used the next year in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989): The Revenge of Michael Myers in the scene where the Man in Black steps off a bus and makes his way through town.
  • Shot in 42 days.
  • During the filming of the chase scene, temperatures rose so high that Tom Guiry became dizzy and ran into one of the cameramen.
  • Writer & director David Evans is the narrator of the film.
  • The vomit used in the ride scene was made from split pea soup, baked beans, oatmeal, a little water and some movie gel. They used paint guns to discharge it and they actually nailed a few people in real life by accident. The chewing tobacco was made from beef jerky and licorice.
  • Brandon Quintin Adams and Mike Vitar also starred in the D2: The Mighty Ducks.
  • Writer-director David Mickey Evans has stated that all the child actors had such a wonderful summer working on the film to the point that they considered it the greatest summer of their lives.
  • For most of the filming the days were very hot, however during the filming of the pool scene it was overcast and the water was 56 degrees. All the kids were extremely cold, and can be seen shivering.
  • Both James Earl Jones (Mr. Mertle) and Karen Allen (Mom) have starred in popular franchises that were produced by George Lucas. Jones in Star Wars: Episodes lll-Vll and Allen in two of the Indiana Jones films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
  • Ham Porter's famous line, "You're killing me, Smalls," is a paraphrase of the famous quote, "They're killing me out there, Whitey," spoken by Denver Broncos coach Lou Saban. The line was also paraphrased the previous year in another baseball-themed film, A League of Their Own (1992).
  • PF Flyers were brought back for a limited time after this movie.
  • All of the sandlot kids are wearing P.F. Flyers or Converse Chuck Taylors through out the movie.
  • Contrary to what was previously stated about Babe Ruth not playing with black baseball players due to Jackie Robinson not breaking baseball's color line until 1947, what the film does not explain is that major leaguers used to barnstorm in the off-season with players from the Negro Leagues. According to John Holway, a Negro League historian, "Ruth played against Negro Leaguers in Cuba, all over New Jersey and out West in Kansas City and St. Louis." (NYTimes)
  • The hat that Kenny is wearing is that of the Kansas City Monarchs. The K.C. Monarchs were a negro league team active from 1920-1965.
  • The Ray Charles version of America The Beautiful played during the 4th of July night game was released in 1976 as a celebration of the United States bicentennial. The movie was set in 1962.
  • James Earl Jones plays a blind man in this movie. In an episode of Frasier (Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead), James Earl Jones appears as a blind man in a nursing home.
  • Scene where they are playing together for first time, an airbus plane can be seen flying in background. That airbus plane model was not released during the time the movie depicts.
  • Coincidentally, Hercules shares his name with Hercules Morse from the Hairy Maclary series of books who is also an English Mastiff.
  • Every time a scene features Wendy Peffercorn, a song by The Drifters is played.
  • James Earl Jones also played a baseball enthusiast in Field of Dreams (1989), four years earlier. However, in real life he actually hates baseball.
  • Director David Mickey Evans had one clear instruction for Chauncey Leopardi during the pool scene when he kisses Wendy Peffercorn: "keep your tongue in your mouth."
  • Many of the young actors snuck in the movie theaters to watch the R-rated film, Basic Instinct.
  • When Ham is rounding the bases and all the kids are throwing their gloves at him , you can see Squints take a glove from off screen to the back of the head.
  • Arliss Howard plays an older Scotty on-screen, while David Mickey Evans provides narration from Scotty's point of view. Neither actor is credited.
  • On September 25, 2018, La La Land Records released a limited edition of the score to the film, limited to 1,500 copies. Previously a shorter edition was released in a limited edition (paired with another film score) on Varase Sarabande Records' CD Club, which sold out.
  • The scene where squints kisses Wendy and when she breaks free she yells little pervert this is a reference to home alone 2 where Kevin spurs on his uncle frank and uncle frank calls him a noisy little pervert
  • Marty York (yeah yeah) and grant gelt (Bertram) would later go play on hey Arnold
  • Chauncey Leopardi and Marley Shelton would later go on to play in the Trojan War.
  • The way in which Smalls talks about what happened to him and his friends is a clear reference to Stand by Me.
  • James Earl Jones and Art La Fleur played in Field of Dreams (1989).
  • Chauncey Leopardi and Patrick reena both would later play in the big green (1995)
  • The scene with squints kissed Wendy is very simmilar to the scene in Friday the the 13th (1980) when ned pretends to drown so he can kiss Brenda.
  • When Wendy kicks the gang out and says "and stay out," this is a reference to the three stooges (1937) grip grumps goans.
  • Victor dimattia (Timmy Timmons) was in fact from Salt Lake City where this film was shot.
  • The first family sports film to feature Mike Vitar (Benny). He would later appear as Luis Mendoza in D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) and D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996).
  • When Benny runs through the fair there is a cake that has the year 1962, director David Mickey Evans was born in 1962.

Spoilers

  • In the scene at the end when Benny is grown up and playing for the Dodgers, his jersey number is "3", the same number Babe Ruth wore throughout his career.
  • In the scene where the boys are beating up Smalls over not knowing who the Great Bambino is, Squints can be seen spitting,then accidentally poking himself in the eye with his glasses, then spitting again.
  • Near the end of the movie, Smalls saves the Beast; as well in another film, Lassie, Tom Guiry would help another dog.
  • If you listen carefully when Wendy kicks the boys out of the pool, you can hear her saying: get out all of you get out.
  • When smalls narrates what happen to his friends,he said yeah yeah was sent to the army. Both arliss Howard and Tom guiry both played in war movies: Howard was in full metal jacket (1987) and guiry was in black hawk down (2001).
  • This movie premiere 5 days before Marley Shelton (Wendy) nineteenth birthday.
  • When the boys are kicked out of the pool, smalls narrates that squints was luck Wendy hadn't beat him up, in the end he would end up get beat up.
  • As the narrator, Smalls as an adult says that Hercules lived to be 199 years old in dog years, which equals roughly 28 human years, double the lifespan of the average dog.
  • The film ends with adult Benny 'The Jet' Rodriguez stealing home base. Babe Ruth stole home 10 times in his career.
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