“The Sandlot” is one of the most beloved coming of age comedies of all time. Originally released on April 7th, 1993, we’ve been quoting the film for nearly three decades. So, In honor of the film’s 28th anniversary, take a look at this set photo of the sandlot team with their mascot, Hercules!
The photo above includes legendary characters Scott Smalls and Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez. Those familiar with the film know that Benny goes on to be a legendary MLB player for the LA Dodgers. In 2018, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film, the entire cast was invited to Dodger Stadium. Watch the heartwarming “Sandlot” reunion here.
While the kids in “The Sandlot” are best known for their childhood roles, the film also features legendary actor James Earl Jones. Jones is an EGOT winner and famously the voice of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” franchise. However, he plays the lovable former New York Yankee, Mr. Mertle, in “The Sandlot.”
The film is also famous for its inclusion of the PF Flyer sneaker. Near the end of the film Benny breaks out a fresh pair of PF Flyers to outrun Hercules the dog. As Benny slips on the hightops, Smalls narrates that the shoes are “guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher.” From a low angle show we look up at Benny appearing as strong and powerful as ever. Meanwhile the film’s score plays a heroic ensemble of strings and brass instruments. It is at this moment that “The Jet” was born.
Little moments like this is what makes “The Sandlot” so much fun. The film is full of sweet nostalgic scenes that take you right back to those summer days of childhood. Check out the PF Flyer scene below!