Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 7, 1993 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
The things that happen in childhood become enhanced, enlarged and improved as time goes by. In the mind of Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) the summer of 1962 on the baseball field with a group of kids he grew up with was a giant among summers.
Scotty begins the summer with no baseball skills and only is allowed to play because Benny Rodrigues (Mike Vitar), the best player, befriends him and insists he be allowed to play.
These kids played on a sandlot, an open piece of land in the neighborhood. There were bushes, rocks and holes do dodge and jump over while the game went on. No coaches and no organization to guide, the kids just played at baseball. Along with the natural barriers to a smooth game, this sandlot had a center field fence that kept in a giant dog who kept ay balls that went over that fence. No one had the courage to enter the yard until Scotty used his father's Babe Ruth autographed ball and it went into the lair of the monster dog.
The warmth of summer vacation and unorganized baseball in the dirt will stir childhood memories of lost baseballs and the kids who shared those summers when the most important challenge was getting to The Sandlot to play each day. This is a comfortable trip back in time filled with laughs, antics, and memories of things that can never return.