TITLE: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
DIRECTOR: DANIEL STERN
WRITER: SAM HARPER
THE BOTTOM LINE: The winning ways of a tall baseball tale are sabotaged by sloppy detail work.
In our most basic baseball fantasy (Damn Yankees and The Natural are typical examples) an ordinary mortal suddenly, if briefly, finds himself endowed with superhuman powers. These he employs to upset the elegantly balanced geometry of the game by lending his services to some perpetually losing club, thereby turning it into a perpetual winner. In these tales, individual dreams of glory -- permanently arrested adolescent division -- are fused with the mass yearnings...