Little Big League is one of those classic sports movies that kids who grew up in the '90s have a particular fondness for. It wasn’t critically acclaimed and didn’t blow up the box office, but that hasn’t stopped us from watching it on cable regularly for the last two decades.
And it really has been two decades. Believe it or not, Little Big League was released on July 1, 1994, which was exactly 20 years ago this week.
One thing that makes this film unique and so inherently likable is the absence of a traditional villain. The whole cast of entertaining characters can be easily broken down into two categories—those who support our flawed hero, Billy Heywood, and those who will eventually be won over by him.
That may not sound like a winning formula, but something about it just works in this movie. Heywood encounters enough obstacles to keep things interesting, and in the end when everyone loves him at the same time, it makes sense because he’s a lovable kid who just wants to make his grandfather proud.
With all that in mind, let’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of Little Big League by taking a look back at the movie’s most memorable characters—and even some of the less memorable ones—and see where the actors who portrayed them are now.