Veteran character actor Art LaFleur had some pretty legendary cleats to fill when he accepted the role of The Babe in The Sandlot, but he'd done his homework. "I had just read a biography of Babe Ruth," he told SB Nation, "So when I went into the audition I went in as Babe. I wore a newsboy kind of hat. I went in with a cigar…I used some of the slang terms that he used." Impressed, director David Mickey Evans hired him on the spot to play the legendary slugger who visits Benny the Jet in a dream. LaFleur already had a couple of baseball films under his belt, comedy Mr. Baseball and the classic Field of Dreams, when he joined The Sandlot team, making him something of a sports film MVP.
Initially, he moved to California to be a writer, but a friend convinced him to try acting instead. LaFleur studied with famed teacher, Gordon Hunt (father of Oscar-winner Helen Hunt), and by the late '70s, he'd already secured small parts on Charlie's Angels, Lou Grant, and M*A*S*H. He's worked fairly consistently ever since, appearing in cult classics like The Blob, family fare like The Santa Clause 2, and episodes of House, Home Improvement, The Mentalist, and Key and Peele. Though it was just a "one-day job," LaFleur says he gets recognized for The Sandlot more than anything else in his career.