*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 howiGit.com 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.
- Gone is the 1950′s pink exterior of Smalls’ house
- “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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Rose Park Little League field where Porter was “just trying to have a friendly conversation.”
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