Fascinating Facts Behind The Sandlot: One Of The Most Beloved Coming-Of-Age Films

The Sandlot is one of the most beloved sports films of all time. Set during the summer of 1962, a group of friends spends their days playing baseball, and the movie has managed to gain an overwhelming cult following for more than two decades.

The movie had so much buzz around it, and we’re here to help fans unclog their memory and take a trip down memory lane. Outside of some lawsuits, film critic Roger Ebert compared it to a summertime version of a classic Christmas film and some cast members ended up sharing screen-time together in other films. If you haven’t seen the movie, well, now’s your chance to read up on some of the stuff that went on behind the scenes.

The Boys Of Summer

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Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage/Getty Images

From an interview with Sports Illustrated, director David Mickey Evans originally titled the movie The Boys of Summer. Evans admitted that he had changed it to The Sandlot for one specific reason —Roger Kahn threatened to sue him.

Kahn was the author of the book The Boys of Summer. However, the ironic part of it all was that the sandlot in the film wasn’t written as a sandlot at first. Originally, it was written as an elementary school recess yard. Basically, if there wasn’t a sandlot, kids had to improvise.