Celebrating 25 Years of The Sandlot
25 years ago, on April 7, 1993, the popular coming-of-age baseball film, The Sandlot, was released in the US. Shot entirely in Utah during the summer of 1992, filming locations included Glendale, Midvale, Salt Lake City (specifically Sugar House), Ogden and American Fork.
Directed by David Mickey Evans, the movie has become a ‘cult’ classic, recognized as one of the most beloved movies about baseball ever made.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has released a special collector’s edition Blu-ray in honor of the film’s silver anniversary. And they’re not the only ones celebrating. Athletic footwear brand, PF Flyers, introduced the “Sandlot Center Hi” shoe, featuring an ankle patch and retro-style packaging, in honor of Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, who famously wears the shoes in the movie. And here in Utah, on August 10th, the Salt Lake Bees will screen The Sandlot after a game at Smith’s Ballpark, with giveaways and activities planned as part of the celebration.
25 years on, it seems that baseball fans and Utahns (particularly those growing up in the nineties) will forever cherish this lighthearted, feel-good film.
Debra Vago is a publicist, writer and film enthusiast. She resides in Salt Lake City, having relocated from London, England.
Contact Debra for any Utah Film Commission press and media inquires at firstname.lastname@example.org.