'Rookie of the Year' returns to Westmont Park District ball field July 16

  • A photo taken during the 1992 filming of the sports classic "Rookie of the Year," over the same ball field in 2021. The film will be shown as part of Westmont Park District's "Movie Under the Stars" on Friday, July 16.

    A photo taken during the 1992 filming of the sports classic "Rookie of the Year," over the same ball field in 2021. The film will be shown as part of Westmont Park District's "Movie Under the Stars" on Friday, July 16. Courtesy of Anna Labedz, Westmont Park District

 
 
Updated 7/8/2021 2:18 PM

Almost 30 years to the release date of the hit film, "Rookie of the Year," Westmont Park District brings the movie that once filmed on the baseball field in Veterans Memorial Park, back to the exact same spot.

To celebrate Westmont's 100th year, there seemed no better time to reminisce on some of the more memorable events, such as the filming of sports classic "Rookie of the Year!"

 

The movie will be shown as part of the park district's free "Movies Under the Stars" series at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, on the baseball field itself at Veterans Memorial Park.

Gates to the field will open at 7 p.m. for attendees to find the perfect seats for blankets and lawn chairs, and a few food vendors, including Westmont's own Dope Sandwich, will be present throughout the evening.

Sit in the outfield, park yourself on the baseline, or sit in the stands, where some residents sat and appeared in the film! Grab a sandwich or enjoy some baseball park concessions, available for purchase from Westmont Youth Baseball Association. The movie will start around dusk, 8:30 p.m.

Parking will be available around the Westmont Community Center, off Linden Avenue, and the surrounding neighborhood streets.

Don't miss this unique chance to see the famous field on the big screen, while sitting in the field itself!

The next "Movie Under the Stars" will be a screening of the 2017 animated comedy adventure film "Ferdinand" at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Mertz Memorial Park.

Visit www.westmontparks.org or www.facebook.com/WestmontParkDistrict/.

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