Sports Movie Character Breakdown: Billy Heywood

Little Big League is a 1994 family film about a 12-year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It stars Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield and Dennis Farina.

Billy Heywood (Luke Edwards) is preteen son to a widowed single mom, Jenny (Ashley Crow), and a Little League baseball player. Billy’s grandfather is Thomas Heywood (Jason Robards), owner of the Minnesota Twins.

They are a last-place team, but Billy and his grandfather love each other, the Twins, and the game of baseball. When the grandfather dies, it is revealed that he wants Billy to inherit the franchise. He has specified that if Billy is still a minor, Thomas Heywood’s aides are to help him along until Billy is old enough to run the team by himself.

Main Character:
Billy Heywood

Character Objective:
To manage the Minnesota Twins despite being drastically under qualified.

Character Pros:
Determined beyond his years, goal oriented, borderline baseball genius, isn’t intimidated by naked men in a professional athletes locker room.

Character Cons:
Severely distracting lisp, is only 12 years old, lacks proper testosterone levels for the job, favors certain players because he possesses their baseball card

Scenes that didn’t make sense:
Vilifying Ken Griffey Jr.
Maybe the only movie in history that features the Seattle Mariners. Not only that, but this movie portrays the Mariners as an evil empire. The Jordan of baseball of that time, Ken Griffey Jr., was seen as the young cocky asshole that crapped all over the heart of the twins and a twelve-year-old boy. Maybe Griffey was a villain the Midwest, put everywhere else he was considered an innovator and a god. Big League Chew and Ken Griffey Baseball for N64? How could you hate on that?

Lou Collins banging the manager’s mom
The smallest first baseman to ever play baseball, ever, Lou Collins decides to have “fun time” with Billy Heywood’s mom. If you think about it, Lou banged his manager’s mom right in front of him….for a large portion of the season. Not only is it blatant disrespect to his boss, but disrespect to the whole hierarchy system all together. Maybe it was karma when Griffey robbed that home run off of you in the final game Lou.

Billy Heywood cuts Jerry Johnson
So I guess back in the day, 12 year olds could wreck a grown man’s financial situation in 30 seconds. Billy had no idea about bills or rent, and tried to make amends with Jerry Johnson by saying he still wouldn’t trade his baseball card for anything. I’m surprised Jerry didn’t tell him to “sit on one” and go “f himself”. Instead, Jerry kept it relatively diplomatic which is unrealistic. Because if a 12-year-old tried to fire a grown man in today’s economic society, there would be bloodshed.

All in all, Billy Heywood did a decent job at managing a Major League Baseball team at the age of twelve. Although a twelve-year-old kid with a speech impediment had no right to coach a professional team in the first place, you have to credit when credit is due. And by the way, this movie might have had the best montages/sound track of all time.

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