The Sandlot: As it stands today

Mar 30, 2011 81 Comments

*Because of this post’s popularity, we have published a new article that revisits The Sandlot filming locations and includes new/additional images.  Click here to read: Revisiting the Sandlot: As it Stands Today.

Signifying the start of spring, Baseball’s Opening Day marks one of the more perfect times of the year.  It’s a time when temperatures are warming up and baseball happily injects life into a sporting world which is stuck in the NFL’s off-season mode, as well as the misery of the NBA and NHL’s drawn out regular seasons.  It’s also the time of year when I enjoy nothing more than to sit down and prepare for the baseball season by watching movies such as Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, The Sandlot, and The Natural.

Motivated by Thalia Bardell’s article at I decided to watch The Sandlot first this year.  However, the movie had a much different feel for me than in years past, since it was filmed entirely in the state of Utah and I’m currently a resident of Salt Lake City. Watching the movie and knowing that was filmed in my own backyard, simply made The Sandlot that much better this year.  Unfortunately, being a newer resident of SLC I have never actually seen Smalls and Benny’s neighborhood, Vincent Drug store, or even The Sandlot itself.

Thus I set out on a quest to visit all the filming locations and see what they look like a little less than 20 years after The Sandlot was made.  Here is what I found…

Smalls and Benny’s houses are located in a quite neighborhood on the eastside of Salt Lake City at the corner of Bryan Ave and 2000 E (Google Maps).  Unfortunately, I didn’t witness a white dressed milkman making any deliveries.

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  • Gone is the 1950’s pink exterior of Smalls’ house

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  • “Benny the Jet” Rodriguez’s house

The Sandlot itself is located in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City, about 6 miles west of the kids’ homes (Google Maps).  Driving past the privately owned field, The Sandlot is unrecognizable as the sacred place where Ham, Squints, Smalls, Yeah Yeah, The Jet and the others played baseball in its most purest form.  There is discussion by the Utah Film Commission to remake the baseball field in honor of the film’s 20 anniversary in 2013.

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  • The Sandlot as it stands today

12 miles south of The Sandlot in Midvale, is Vincent Drug where the boys purchased new baseballs, etc. (Google Maps)  Sadly, the drug store has closed its doors and the nostalgic sign is all that remains.

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  • Vincent Drugs: Located in downtown Midvale, UT

Of course when it was too hot to play ball at The Sandlot the young lads preferred to “scam pool honeys” at Lorin Farr Park Pool in Ogden, UT. (Google Maps)  Wendy Peffercorn might not be on lifeguard duty anymore, but the pool is still a popular summer time hang out.

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  • Squints’ view of Wendy Peffercorn after getting kicked out of the pool.

The challenge between the Sandlot kids and the “rich” kids took place at the Rose Park Little League field about 4 miles north of the actual Sandlot. (Google Maps)

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  • Rose Park Little League field where Porter was “just trying to have a friendly conversation.”

A limited number of the amusement park rides where the post game victory celebration and up-chucking of Big Chief chaw took place are still available at Liberty Park . Click here for an image.

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81 Responses to “The Sandlot: As it stands today”

  1. Brian Mayo says:

    I’m willing to take a vacation soon and I’ve been wanting to go visit the sandlot which is on my bucklet list for sometime now. I can’t wait to visit soon and I do agree they should rebuild the sandlot and let kids play there.

  2. Jason says:

    I was in Salt Lake last week (Feb. 2015) and drove by this sandlot location. It was in very bad shape. Hope they revamp it one day! Thanks for the info!

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  4. Chad says:

    I grew up a couple blocks from Lorin Farr Park in Ogden, Ut and would go to the same pool as a kid often. I’m 41 now but still remember driving by when they were filming. When the movie came out I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I also had the opportunity to play at Rose Park once in an allstar game when I was in little league. Loved the show then, and now I still enjoy watching it with my two boys. Great memories.

  5. prissila says:

    Thanks so much for this article. This was my favorite Summer movie to watch as a kid, and now my kids have been infected with it. We are planning on going this Summer to all of the locations thanks to you. Hopefully they can restore The Sandlot. I’d gladly make a small donation.

  6. Nathan Miller says:

    Back in the late 90’s, I lived in one of the homes that is back to back with the Sandlot. It was fun to hear my neighbor reminisce and share stories of the Sandlot filming days.

  7. Bill Gentry says:

    I remember playing ball on that ball diamond when I was kid, it was a first class ball field back 1964. Rose Park was great place to grow-up.

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