Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas, an actor whose films include the baseball movie “Rookie of the Year,” visited ONEOK Field for a photo op while in Tulsa for a Wizard World pop culture convention in 2018. He’s returning to Tulsa on May 22 for a film and Q-and-A event at Circle Cinema. JOSEPH RUSHMORE/for Tulsa World

Thomas Ian Nicholas, a popular guest at last year’s Wizard World in Tulsa and a star of the “American Pie” movie series, returns to the city this month to screen one of his earliest movies and visit with fans.

They can step up to the plate to watch 1993’s “Rookie of the Year” with him when Nicholas comes to Circle Cinema for a May 22 event at which he will take part in a Q-and-A following the movie.

In the movie, Nicholas plays 12-year-old Henry, who dreams of growing up to play big-league baseball. When an accident gives his arm the ability to throw 103-mph strikes, Henry signs up to play with the Chicago Cubs.

The movie, in the spirit of other 1990s baseball-themed family films like “Little Big League” and “Angels in the Outfield,” also stars Tulsa’s Gary Busey as a veteran pitcher and a mentor to Henry.

Tickets are $15 for the 7 p.m. event and can be purchased online at

Nicholas, who is best-known for playing Kevin Myers in all four “American Pie” movies, will also take part in a 6-7 p.m. meet-and-greet, as well as another one after the movie, at which guests can take photos and get autographs for additional fees.

The wearing of Chicago Cubs gear is welcomed, theater officials said.

Michael Smith


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Scene Writer

Michael writes movie reviews and features, interviews Oklahoma performers and covers entertainment events for the Scene and Weekend sections of the Tulsa World. Phone: 918-581-8479