The Sandlot is truly a great movie and has made it to the top of many lists that include the best sports movies of all time, best coming of age films, best baseball movies, and more. To this day The Sandlot is one of the most memorable movies ever made.
One of the many reasons this movie is so great is because of the witty dialogue. Many lines from the movie have already gone down as some of the most memorable in film history. The Sandlot is littered with phrases such as these. Here are the 10 most memorable quotes from The Sandlot.
10 "This kid is an L-7 weenie."
Maybe one of the most memorable insults from the entire film, Squints calls Small an "L-7 weenie." What's great about this insult is it has multiple layers.
One on hand, Squits is calling Smalls a weenie, or coward. Specifically saying L-7 also means he's square, which couldn't be closer to the truth. Squints may have been right about Smalls in the beginning, but he eventually grew to become a valuable member of the team and a great friend to the other kids.
9 "If my dog was as ugly as you, I'd shave its but and make it walk backwards."
Hamilton "Ham" Porter perhaps has more memorable lines than any other character in the movie. From his clever insults to his brash exclamations, this overweight motormouth is almost never left speechless.
When a rival Little League team visits the sandlot to challenge the boys, things get much more serious. That is, for everyone except Ham. Ham uses his unique position as the catcher to talk smack to all of the opposing players. Each insult is as good as, or better than the last, and this one was definitely one of the best he came up with.
8 "Just stand out there and stick your glove out in the air. I'll take care of it."
Benny did his best to take care of Smalls and make him feel like a member of the team. When Smalls first decided to join the crew he didn't know anything about baseball. With no one else willing to help him out, it was up to Benny to teach Smalls how to play.
When Smalls first had to catch a ball he had no idea what he was doing. Confident in his skills and hoping to reassure the newcomer, Benny said, "Just stand out there and stick your glove out in the air. I'll take care of it."
7 "Think she'd go out with me?"
There's already one great Ham insult on this list, but who says there can't be another? When the Little League teams best player was up to bat, Ham had quite a lot to say. He started with a joke about the player's sister being naked in the outfield.
Then, after apologizing for the joke, Ham hits him with another. "Do you think she'd go out with me?" This comes at a time when the audience thinks Ham is done joking, and the surprise helps make this joke by far one of the most memorable.
6 "George signed this?"
Initially very scared to meet the owner of The Beast, the kids are gladly surprised when it turns out he's a nice old man. Played by James Earl Jones, Mr. Mertle helped Smalls fix his horrible, horrible mistake.
It turns out that Mr. Mertle had actually played with Babe Ruth before he went blind. After hearing Smalls' story, the old man kindly gives him a new autographed ball, signed by all of the 1972 New York Yankees.
5 "Maybe the shock of his first homer was just too much for him."
Smalls knew that that baseball was important to his step-father, but he stole it anyway. The gang had lost their last ball, and it was show over unless they found another one.
After Smalls hits his first home run, the boys expected him to be ecstatic. Instead, he was horrified. Knowing that his step-father would be extremely angry, Smalls began to break down. All those events lead to quite a hilarious, ironic quote.
4 "Some lady named Ruth. Baby Ruth."
When the other boys learned that the ball had been signed they asked whose signature it was. Smalls, being completely ignorant of baseball history replied with, "Some lady named Ruth. Baby Ruth."
Not only is smalls ignorance hilarious, but the other kids' responses to his ignorance are equally funny. This line could not have been written any better. It adds a serious level of humor to what turns out to be the biggest overt conflict of the movie.
3 "He had kissed a woman, and he had kissed her long and good."
Wendy Peffercorn was by far the most beautiful lifeguard the sandlot kids had ever seen. Squints seemed to be totally in love with Wendy and was willing to go to great lengths in order to prove this to be true.
During one hot summer day at the pool, Squints pretended to be drowning. This prompts Wendy to jump in and "save" his life, eventually giving Squints mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Squints grabbed the much older Wendy with both hands and kissed her as hard as he can. All of this is hilariously summed up by the older Smalls who serves as the film's narrator.
2 "Legends never die."
In one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, Art Lefleur plays the legendary Babe Ruth in one of Benny's dreams. After the ball, signed by Ruth, had been hit over the fence, the other boys were convinced it was a goner. But not Benny.
The spirit of Babe Ruth spoke to Benny in a dream. He convinced Benny to retrieve the ball himself, saying that this could be the moment that makes him a legend. Lefleur's performance as Ruth is so inspiring and powerful that it's sure to induce chills every time he says this one famous line.
1 "You're killing me, Smalls!"
Ham for sure has most of the best lines of the movie. The one line that will live on forever however, is one that he repeats throughout. "You're killing me, Smalls!"
Smalls continues to be a bit of a nuisance to the team throughout the story, given his more tepid nature and lack of baseball knowledge. Ham is always there with this hilarious line to remind us all that Smalls has much left to learn.