Michael Sauter
June 03, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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Who says they don’t play doubleheaders anymore? Just take a look at this summer’s lineup of family-oriented baseball movies.

Columbia’s Little Big League is about a boy who inherits the Minnesota Twins, then, as their manager, turns them into pennant contenders. Walt Disney’s Angels in the Outfield is about a boy whose prayers for divine intervention bring a pennant to the California Angels.

Now, it’s not unusual for two such similar movies to come out in the same season. What is striking is just how similar their trailers are. Both are peopled by down-and-out adults drawing inspiration from self-assured adolescents, suddenly gifted players making spectacular catches while crashing against outfield fences, and kid heroes basking in the cheers of stadium crowds. Even the music’s the same, borrowed from The Natural.

Finally, the two trailers can be seen running back-to-back in theaters showing such kiddie fare as 3 Ninjas Kick Back. Maybe there should be a commissioner of trailers.

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