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  • William Lee Martin

Episode 19: Texas Rangers Are World Series Champions! Childhood Baseball Memories, and The Sandlot!

The Texas Rangers are this years World Series Champions! Catch the team as they talk all things baseball and how excited they are for their home team to get its first World Series WIN!

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Fun Facts About the Movie:

Cast and Crew:

Directed by David Mickey Evans

Written by David Mickey Evans and Robert Gunter

James Earl Jones as Mr.Mertle

Tom Guiry as Scotty Smalls

Mike Vitar as Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez

Art LaFleur as The Babe

Partick Renna as Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter

Chauncey Leopardi as Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous

Marty York as Alan ‘Yeah-Yeah’ McClennan

Brandon Quintin Adams as Kenny DeNunez

Grant Gelt as Bertram Grover Weeks

Shane Obedzinski as Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons

Victor DiMattia as Timmy Timmons

Denis Leary as Bill

David Mickey Evans as Narrator

Marley Shelton as Wendy

Box Office:

$34.3 million USD worldwide


1994 Winner of the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture


Rotten Tomatoes- 65%

IMDb- 7.8/10

Fun Facts:

  • When they weren’t acting, the kids of the cast were getting into all kinds of trouble, including sneaking in to watch the R-rated movie “Basic Instinct.” It’s safe to say that their characters would’ve been proud… and a little jealous.

  • While the chewing tobacco obviously wasn’t real, the solution wasn’t much better. The prop department decided to make the fake dip out of licorice and bacon bits, causing most of the kids to actually throw up for the scene.

  • While the Beast required a real dog for some shots, occasionally two grown men had to be in a giant dog costume to get “just the right angle.” Now imagine how many takes it’d be to get Bill and JT to do the same! In that case it might’ve been easier to just use the dog!

  • Michael Polydoros is rumored to have inspired the character ‘Squints.’ However he sued the production because he was offended that his movie namesake was a “big nerd”. He lost the case, but soon after got contacts and fixed his teeth to “put his nerd past behind him.” He was 40 years old at the time, while the fictional ‘Squints’ was 10. We can see how close the age difference is and how Polydoros might’ve gotten himself confused.

  • While the shoot only took 42 days, they actors delt with both extremes of temperatures, with days varying between 110ºF or 55ºF. The day they filmed the infamous pool scene was when temperatures were at the lowest, with a close eye noticing the boys shivering as they filmed.

  • Speaking of the pool scene, the boys all had quite the crush on Marley Shelton. Chauncey Leopardi (Squints) kept asking on set when the kiss between him and Wendy would happen. Director Evans anticipated Leopardi to pull a stunt during the scene, so before shooting Leopardi was told to “keep his tongue in his mouth or else.”

Our Ratings:

William Lee - 10

Lisa - 6

JT - 8

Cowtown Drive-In Average - 8

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