“The Sandlot” is the definition of a timeless movie. The 1993 classic baseball film is about a group of kids who try to pickle “the Beast” after an autographed Babe Ruth baseball ends up in the monstrous dog’s yard.
Along the way, we’re gifted with a charming kissing scene between the bespectacled Squints and iconic lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn, who by the way is still a babe all these years later.
There aren’t more famous quotes than when “Ham” Porter told the rival team’s leader “you play ball like a girl!” or when he said, “you’re killing me Smalls.”
It’s been almost 28 years since The Sandlot kids became stars, but what happened to everyone’s favorite portly, freckle-faced catcher after he called his home run like The Great Bambino?
Who Played The Catcher in The Sandlot?
Hamilton “Ham” Porter was played by Patrick Renna.
Renna was originally born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. “Ham” was certainly his breakout role, and he nailed it.
As the group’s vocal catcher, Renna’s character taught everyone how to make s’mores. He was also incredible at hurling insults.
Jerk, moron, geek, butt-sniffer, fart-smeller, toe jam-eater are just a few of those insults from one of the more memorable scenes from The Sandlot. Then he broke out the big one: “You play ball like a girl!”
Renna has reunited with his buddies from The Sandlot in the years since, and he’s even recreated some of his famous lines:
Where is Patrick Renna Now?
Today, Renna is 42. He parlayed his star role behind the plate into more jobs.
After The Sandlot, Renna had numerous roles in Hollywood. According to his IMDB profile, he appeared in Son in Law, Summertime Switch, Beanstalk, Disney’s The Big Green, The Secret Life of Girls, Speedway Junky, P.U.N.K.S. (as Lanny Nygren), Very Mean Men (as Donny Mulroney), Recess: School’s Out, Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard, Sometimes They Come Back… Again (as Young Alan), Address Unknown, Falling Sky, National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze (as Styles McFee), Gamebox 1.0, Dark Ride, Life Blood, Bad Roomies, Lavalantula and Fear, Inc. in 2016.
Renna has also been in TV shows like “Boy Meets World”, “Boston Legal” (as Warren Peters), “The X-Files” (as Ronnie Strickland), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Salute Your Shorts”, “Home Improvement”, “Judging Amy” (as Ronnie Thayer), “The Closer” (as Jeffrey), “Bones” (as Pete Dineen), “Hell’s Kitchen” (as himself) and Netflix’s “GLOW” (as Cupcake).
When Renna isn’t acting, he’s all over social media. He also has a YouTube variety show called “You’re Killing Me with Patrick Renna.”
Patrick Renna Wife & Kids
Ham eventually settled down and had little kids of his own.
Renna married Jasmin Renna. They welcomed their first child, Flynn Maxwell Renna, in 2017. Three years later in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, they brought another son named Liam into the world.
Renna isn’t the same kid he was when he acted in The Sandlot movie, but it looks like “The Great Hambino” is close to fielding his own team of players at home. Let’s just hope none of them use a Babe Ruth-signed ball to play with. Otherwise, they’d probably be killin’ him.