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Major League

The official movie poster for Major League.
Directed by David S. Ward
Produced by Mark Rosenberg
Chris Chesser
Irby Smith
Written by David S. Ward
Starring Tom Berenger
Charlie Sheen
Corbin Bernsen
Rene Russo
Wesley Snipes
Chelcie Ross
Dennis Haysbert
Bob Uecker
Music by James Newton Howard
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) April 7, 1989
Running time 107 min.
Language English
Budget $11,000,000
Followed by Major League II
IMDb profile

Major League is a 1989 film written and directed by David S. Ward starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen and Corbin Bernsen. It also features Keith Uchima and Kurt Uchima. Made for US$11 million, Major League grossed nearly US$50 million in domestic release[1] and spawned two sequels (Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors), neither of which could replicate the success of the original film. Though a fourth movie has been discussed. Image File history File links Major_league_movie. ... Tom Berenger (born May 31, 1949) is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning American actor known mainly for his roles in action films. ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965 as Carlos Irwin Estévez ) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... Rene Russo Rene Russo (born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California, USA) is an American film actress and model. ... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... Chelcie Ross (born on 26 October 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) is an American character actor. ... Dennis Dexter Haysbert (born June 2, 1954) is an American film and television actor. ... Robert George Uecker ((IPA pronunciation: [], a homophone of the card game Euchre) (born January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American former Major League Baseball player, later an award-winning sportscaster, comedian and actor. ... This article is about James Howard, the composer. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Major League II (1994) is a sequel to the 1989 film Major League. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... David S. Ward (born 25 October 1945) is an American film director and award winning screen writer. ... Tom Berenger (born May 31, 1949) is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning American actor known mainly for his roles in action films. ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965 as Carlos Irwin Estévez ) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... “USD” redirects here. ... One million (1,000,000), or one thousand thousand, is the natural number following 999,999 and preceding 1,000,001. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... Major League II (1994) is a sequel to the 1989 film Major League. ...

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Plot

The film opens by showing the history of misfortune for the Cleveland Indians, beginning with the last World Series victory in 1948, followed by their stunning Series sweep at the hands of the New York Giants in 1954, and then the futility that followed for 40 years. When Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton), a former Las Vegas showgirl, inherits the team from her late husband, it doesn't look like their fortunes will change any time soon. The greedy Phelps hates Municipal Stadium and the city, and sees an opportunity to get out of Cleveland: if the team's attendance falls below 800,000 paid customers, she can legally void the Indians' lease with the city and move the team to Miami, Florida. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Steamers (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Steamers, The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1948 World Series matched the Cleveland Indians, who had won the American League pennant in a one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Braves, who had won the National League pennant for the first time since the Miracle Braves team of 1914. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... The 1954 World Series matched the National League champion New York Giants against the American League champion Cleveland Indians. ... Magaret Whitton is an American actress from Philadelphia, PA. She has appeared on the Broadway stage and in motion pictures but her attempts at television have been largely unsuccessful. ... Vegas redirects here. ... A Las Vegas showgirl, from the Folies Bergere. ... Cleveland Stadium (also known as Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and The Mistake on (or by) the Lake) was a baseball and American football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Miami-Dade Incorporated July 28, 1896 Government  - Type Mayor-Commissioner Plan  - Mayor Manny Diaz (I)  - City Manager Pedro G. Hernandez  - City Attorney Jorge L. Fernandez  - City Clerk Priscilla Thompson Area  - City  55. ...


To that end, she attempts to field the worst team possible. Some players she hires includes aging catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger); incarcerated pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen); Willie (Mays) Hayes (Wesley Snipes), a brash, speedy center fielder; Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), a surly Cuban defector who possesses incredible power, but can't hit a curveball and believes in voodoo; and Eddie Harris (Chelcie Ross), a veteran finesse pitcher who, without a powerful arm like Vaughn's, resorts to doctoring the ball. Already under contract is third baseman Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), a high-priced prima donna who refuses to field the ball properly for fear of debilitating injury. Hired to manage the team is Lou Brown (James Gammon), a tire salesman who's managed in the minor leagues for years, but had never reached the majors. The only person privy to Rachel Phelps' plan is newly promoted General Manager Charlie Donovan (Charles Cyphers), the team's former field manager. The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Tom Berenger (born May 31, 1949) is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning American actor known mainly for his roles in action films. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965 as Carlos Irwin Estévez ) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Dennis Dexter Haysbert (born June 2, 1954) is an American film and television actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally uten West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. ... Chelcie Ross (born on 26 October 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) is an American character actor. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... Look up Prima donna in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... James Gammon (born April 20, 1940 in Newman, Illinois) is an American actor. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... Charles Cyphers (b. ...


Spring training in Tucson does not go well. Vaughn's fastball is clocked at 96 miles per hour, but he has problems throwing it in the strike zone. Hayes, who thinks he has home-run power but hits pop flies instead, is told by Brown that he should hit the ball on the ground and "leg out" base hits. On the final cut-down day (teams can keep 25 players active through most of the season; those who don't make the team are sent to the minor leagues or released outright), a tag in his locker tells Vaughn that he's been demoted; it turns out to be a prank played by Dorn, who thinks Vaughn is a show-off due to his flashy appearance. A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Nickname: Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Pima Government  - Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area  - City  195. ... Strike zone boundaries (MLB) Definition In baseball, the strike zone is a conceptual rectangular area over home plate which defines the boundaries through which a pitch must pass in order to count as a strike when the batter does not swing. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball, a batted ball can be called one of several various things, depending on how it comes off the bat and where in the field it lands. ... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ...


Taylor takes Vaughn and Hayes out to dinner, where he sees his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Wells (Rene Russo), dining with her current beau. (Though listed in the credits as "Lynn Wells", her name is pronounced "Weslin" both times it's spoken in the film.) Noting that Lynn "would have been (my wife) if I hadn't messed things up," Jake decides to try to win her back. Lynn brushes off his advances, announcing instead that she and her fiance are getting married. Rene Russo Rene Russo (born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California, USA) is an American film actress and model. ...


Vaughn, meantime, is struggling. In his season debut on opening day, against the New York Yankees, he walks the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches, causing fans to quickly dub him "Wild Thing". His next pitch is a grand slam to the team's slugger Clu Haywood. This is followed by hitting the next batter, prompting the umpire to eject Vaughn from the game. Vaughn's subsequent appearances have similar results, and it is discovered that Vaughn's vision is the root of his problems. Brown gives him a pair of glasses, and his next appearance is a complete-game victory. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ... In baseball, being hit by a pitch refers to the batter being hit in some part of the body by a pitch from the pitcher. ...


After a sluggish start, the Indians show signs of being competitive, compiling a won-loss record far better than Phelps expected. Deciding that the players are being "coddled", she guts the medical staff and equipment, turns off the hot water in the locker room, trades in the team airplane for a propeller-driven Douglas DC-3 barely big enough to hold the team, and later dumps the plane in favor of a bus similar to those used by minor-league teams. Still, the Indians keep winning, and a confident Brown tells his general manager, "all we need is something to bring it all together." Donovan ruefully confesses Phelps' plans, and when Brown tells his team, Taylor says the only thing left to do is win it all. As added incentive for each victory, Brown peels a section of clothing from a life-size cutout of Phelps from her days as a showgirl. Airplane and Aeroplane redirect here. ... For other uses, see Propeller (disambiguation). ... The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s and is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made (also see Boeing 707 and Boeing 747). ...


As the regular season ends, the Indians and the Yankees are tied for first place in the division, leading to a one-game playoff. During a news broadcast from the team's hotel, Dorn's wife, Suzanne (Stacy Carroll), sees him leave with another woman. Mrs. Dorn meets up with Vaughn—sitting in a bar, distraught after learning that he would be passed over in the pitching rotation in favor of the veteran Harris—sleeps with him, and tells her husband just before game time. A one-game playoff or pennant playoff is a tiebreaker in certain American professional sports, to determine which of two teams, tied in the final standings, will qualify for a post-season tournament. ...


Harris gives up two runs in the top of the 7th inning, but Pedro Cerrano hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, immediately after rejecting the help of his voodoo idol Jobu, to tie the game up. When Vaughn is called in to relieve Harris in the ninth inning, Dorn runs to the pitchers' mound, but, instead of fighting with Vaughn, implores him to strike out Haywood, which he does on three pitches. Inning is a town in the district of Erding in Bavaria in Germany. ...


With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Hayes legs out a hit and steals second base. At the plate, Taylor signals a suggestion to Brown, then points to the bleachers and calls his shot. After a brushback pitch, Taylor points again, then bunts instead, barely beating the throw to first by the surprised third baseman, who had been duped into playing deep. Hayes is waved home by the third-base coach and slides in ahead of the tag, safe, sending the Indians into the playoffs with a 3-2 win. As they celebrate, Dorn finally punches Vaughn for sleeping with his wife, though they celebrate after. Harris and Cerrano celebrate together as well. In the end, Taylor looks up in the stands and sees Lynn there. She shows that she has shed her engagement ring, a signal that she is ready to reunite with him. Babe Ruths Called Shot refers to the home run hit by Babe Ruth in the fifth inning of game 3 on October 1, 1932. ... In baseball, a brushback pitch is one thrown in such a way that the batter must move back to avoid it. ... A Little League baseball player squares around to bunt. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ...


Despite making it to the playoffs, it would be revealed in Major League II that they were swept in the American League Championship Series by the Chicago White Sox, who went on to win the World Series. Major League II (1994) is a sequel to the 1989 film Major League. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The...


Casting

Major League was notable for featuring several actors who would go on to stardom: Wesley Snipes and Rene Russo were relative unknowns before the movie was released, while Dennis Haysbert remained best known as Pedro Cerrano until he portrayed US President David Palmer on the television series 24, and now as Sergeant Major Jonas Blane on the television series The Unit. David Palmer is a fictional President of the United States of America played by Dennis Haysbert as part of the television series, 24. ... For other uses, see 24 (disambiguation). ... The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focuses on a top-secret special forces team and their missions abroad, in addition to the effect their careers have on their home lives, wives and girlfriends. ...


The film also featured former Major League players, including 1982 American League Cy Young Award winner Pete Vuckovich as Yankees first baseman Clu Haywood, and onetime catcher Steve Yeager as reliever/third-base coach Duke Temple. The names of several crewmembers were also used for peripheral players. The following are the baseball events of the year 1982 throughout the world. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... Peter Dennis Vuckovich (vooch-koh-vich) (born October 27, 1952 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who came across as an intimidating presence on the mound with his 64 220 lb (100 kg) frame and Fu Manchu moustache. ... Stephen Wayne Yeager (born November 24, 1948 in Huntington, West Virginia) is an American baseball player; catcher. ...


Charlie Sheen himself was a pitcher on his high school's baseball team. At the time of filming Major League, his own fastball topped out at 95 miles per hour. His delivery in Major League is frequently noted as far more realistic than others depicted in films.


Facts

The film's opening montage is a series of somber blue-collar images of the Cleveland landscape synchronized to the score of Randy Newman's melancholy "Burn On": an ode to the infamous night in Cleveland when the heavily polluted Cuyahoga River literally caught fire. The filmmakers chose the Cleveland Indians as their example of a notorious losing franchise because the actual Indians had a very similar history of futility— the franchise was the butt of many jokes and fit in perfectly with the premise of the film. Within five years of the film's release, however, the team had a new stadium (Jacobs Field) and had entered into a period of success: from 1995 to 1999, they won five division titles (with two more in 2001 and 2007) and two American League pennants. They came within two outs of winning the 1997 World Series against the Florida Marlins, but ultimately fell in extra innings in game seven. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Cuyahoga River (IPA pronunciation: , or kuy-a-HAW-ga, locally kie-uh-HOE-guh) is located in Northeast Ohio in the United States. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Steamers (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Steamers, The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field... Jacobs Field (informally called The Jake) is a baseball stadium located in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Dates October 18, 1997 – October 26, 1997 MVP Liván Hernández (Florida) Television network NBC Announcers Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker Umpires Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL), Joe West (NL), Greg Kosc (AL), Randy Marsh (NL), Ken Kaiser (AL) The 1997 World Series is regarded as... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ...


Despite being set in Cleveland, the film was principally shot in Milwaukee because it was cheaper and the producers were unable to work around the schedules of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. Milwaukee County Stadium, then the home of the Milwaukee Brewers, doubles as Cleveland Municipal Stadium for the film, although several exterior shots of Municipal Stadium were used, including some aerial shots taken during a rare sellout game. Both facilities have since been demolished: the playing field of Milwaukee County Stadium is now a Little League baseball field known as Helfaer Field, while the rest of the former site is now a parking lot for the Brewers' new home, Miller Park; the new Cleveland Browns Stadium—a football-only facility owned by the City of Cleveland and used by the Cleveland Browns—sits on the site of its predecessor. Milwaukee County Stadium (locally known as just County Stadium) was a ballpark in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1953 to 2000. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Other nicknames True Blue Brew Crew, The Brew Crew, The Crew, Beermakers Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970–2000) Sick... Cleveland Stadium (also known as Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and The Mistake on (or by) the Lake) was a baseball and American football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Demolition of the Old Myer Building, Perth, Western Australia. ... Little League Baseball - Logo Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio Little League, Wayne, Michigan Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ... Helfaer Field, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a Little League baseball field that is located directly next to Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. ... Miller Park is a baseball stadium located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Entrance ramp of the stadium Cleveland Browns Stadium is a football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio ( ). It is the home of the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise. ... “Browns” redirects here. ...


Life imitated art in the 2007 season, when continuous snowfall and cold led Major League Baseball to transfer an entire three-game series between the Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including the Indians' home opener, to Miller Park, forcing the real-life Indians to play three "home games" in Milwaukee. When Cleveland closing pitcher Joe Borowski entered in the ninth inning of the first game of the series, "Wild Thing" was played in the stadium, much to the delight of the 19,031 fans in attendance, as a tribute to the situation.[1] In a bizarre coincidence, this game was originally scheduled to be Rick Vaughn Glasses Night in Cleveland.[2] The film also spawned two sequels—Major League II in 1994 and Major League: Back to the Minors in 1998—though neither received the worldwide critical acclaim garnered by the first film. The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... Joeseph Thomas Borowski is a right-handed relief pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. ... Major League II (1994) is a sequel to the 1989 film Major League. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ...


Influence

In the film's climactic one-game playoff with the Yankees, Indians pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, relegated to a relief role, dramatically enters the game to an X cover of the The Troggs' hit song "Wild Thing" as the crowd cheers wildly and sings along. Today many real-life closers walk or run in from the bullpen accompanied by loud and imposing hard rock or heavy metal, a trend that has been traced to Vaughn's entrance in Major League. [3] The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other bands named X, see X (band). ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Troggs were a successful English rock band of the 1960s, who had a number of hits in Britain and America, including their most famous song, Wild Thing. The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England. ... Wild Thing is a hit song from 1966 originally performed by the English band The Troggs, and written by New York-born songwriter Chip Taylor. ... Mariano Rivera is the closing pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ... “Hard Rock” redirects here. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ...


Relief pitcher Mitch Williams, whose speed and control problems were similar to Vaughn's, was nicknamed "Wild Thing" after the film came out. Instead of fighting the image, he switched his uniform number from 28 to Vaughn's 99, and wore it for the rest of his career. Mitchell Steven Williams (born November 17, 1964, in Santa Ana, California) was a baseball relief pitcher who appeared for six teams in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 1997. ...


Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played Indians third baseman Roger Dorn, stated in interviews relating to the film (including those for ESPN Classic's Reel Classics series) that Major League had an indirect effect on the real-life Indians, as the Tribe became perennial playoff contenders within five years of the film's release. Between 1994 and 2001, Cleveland won six American League Central division titles, two American League championships (1995 and 1997), and made two World Series appearances (the 1995 loss to the Atlanta Braves, and the 1997 loss to the Florida Marlins). Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... ESPN Classic features reruns of famous sporting events, sports documentaries, and sports themed movies. ... The American League Central Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ...


During the beginning of the 2006 season, Boston Red Sox rookie pitcher Jonathan Papelbon donned a haircut similar to that of Rick Vaughn's from the movie. Although Papelbon sported a mostly shaved head with a mohawk, he had a "zig zag" pattern in the back, beginning behind the ears and leading down to this neck. He reportedly won a friendly bet with teammate Kevin Youkilis, and in doing so, was forced to cut his hair.[4] Even though he no longer resembled Rick Vaughn, Papelbon continued to enter home games from the bullpen to "Wild Thing" blaring from the Fenway Park sound system The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no professional experience. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jonathan Robert Papelbon (born November 23, 1980 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is the closer for the Boston Red Sox. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kevin Edmund Youkilis (born March 15, 1979, in Cincinnati, Ohio), nicknamed Youk and The Greek God of Walks, is an American first baseman and right-handed batter who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... “Fenway” redirects here. ...


Trivia

  • Charlie Sheen has been credited by some Major League Baseball players as having one of the most realistic pitching deliveries of any actor. This is largely due to the fact that Sheen was a pitcher in high school, and was still throwing the ball in the high 80 mph range during filming.
  • In the climatic final game Jake Taylor calls his shot just like Babe Ruth did in 1932. There is some speculation on if Ruth was actually calling his shot. Charlie Root, who gave up the famous homer to the Babe, claimed that if Ruth had in fact called his shot, he would have thrown the next pitch at Babe's head. In the movie that is exactly what the Duke does to Taylor.
  • In the DVD commentary, Dennis Haysbert says that he actually hit the ball over the left-field fence while filming Pedro Cerrano's game-tying home run against the Yankees in the playoff game. The ball didn't go as far as it does on film, but it did clear the fence.
  • After hitting the game-tying home run against the Yankees, Cerrano carries his beloved bat around the bases. This was - and still is - illegal under MLB rules. He would have been called out.
  • There are several connections to the city of Milwaukee in this film in addition to County Stadium. The appearance of the scoreboard (located in right field) was not changed during filming of the movie. It contains the logo of local television station WTMJ. WTMJ-TV, locally Channel 4, is used as a "local" Cleveland station using the same call letters and word/logo style for interviews and other press appearances. Longtime Brewers broadcaster and Milwaukee native Bob Uecker played Indians broadcaster Harry Doyle. As noted previously, 1982 Cy Young winner Pete Vuckovich was a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers when he won the award. In the stands of County Stadium during Ricky Vaughn's Wild Thing entrance in the final game, there is a female fan dancing; she is wearing a Quad/Graphics shirt, which is a major printer for national magazines based in the Milwaukee area. Several local Milwaukee businesses are also used in the filming including Major Goolsby's (bar scenes), Gritz's Pzazz (now closed) where Rick, Jake, and Willie have dinner, and Harry Tann Tires (Lou Brown's office)
  • Many fans of the Florida Marlins franchise have compared the team's 2006 season to that of the team in Major League. Both teams were supposed to remain in the cellar, yet each team was instead involved in a playoff race, although the Marlins didn't make the playoffs.
  • Interestingly, the last time the Indians won a World Series, they had to win a one-game playoff to reach the Series. The Indians finished the 1948 season in a first-place tie atop the American League with the Boston Red Sox and defeated them in a playoff game at Fenway Park to advance to the 1948 World Series. They would then defeat the Boston Braves in six games.
  • The "library scene" with Tom Berenger and Renee Russo was shot in Northwestern University's picturesque Charles Deering Library, built between 1931 and 1933. The Deering Library now houses Northwestern's Music, Art, and Special Collections.
  • Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen had previously starred in Oliver Stone's Platoon. In that movie Sheen's character has the last name Taylor, while in this film it is the name of Berenger's character.
  • During several of the day game scenes, the clock on the scoreboard is visible and shows that it is actually mid-morning.
  • In the final playoff game against the Yankees, Hayes makes a tremendous catch in center field, leaping above the railing to rob a batter of a home run. The scene is an exact copy of the catch made by St. Louis Cardinals' center fielder Willie McGee in Game 3 of the 1982 World Series; coincidentally, since the scene was filmed at Milwaukee County Stadium, it's the same wall and the same railing for both the real-life and fictional catches.
  • In the film's original ending, Rachel Phelps admits before the final game that her bitchy persona was all an act in order to fire up the players. She says had they not had a good season, the team might have gone bankrupt. Audiences preferred the bitchy Rachel, so the ending was re-shot to show her misery when the Indians won. The alternate ending appears on the Wild Thing Edition DVD.
  • The locker room scenes were filmed at Nicolet High School in Glendale, a northern suburb of Milwaukee.
  • In Germany the movie is known as "Die Indianer von Cleveland" ("Cleveland Indians").

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Comparisons with Bull Durham

Although the film is generally considered one of the better baseball films, its release within months of the release of the more highly-regarded Bull Durham made evident several similarities between the films, to Major League's detriment (with the Bull Durham aspect being listed first): Bull Durham is a 1988 American movie about love and baseball. ...

  • An aging, broken-down catcher: Kevin Costner's Crash Davis and Tom Berenger's Jake Taylor.
  • A wild young pitcher, with a wild nickname, that the catcher mentors: Tim Robbins' Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh and Charlie Sheen's Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn.
  • An intellectual girlfriend: Susan Sarandon's Annie Savoy and Rene Russo's Lynn Wells.
  • A Hispanic slugger who believes in voodoo and wants to sacrifice a live chicken to bring about a desired result: Rick Marzan's Jose, to remove a curse his girlfriend placed on his glove, and Dennis Haysbert's Pedro Cerrano, to be able to hit a curveball.
  • A born-again Christian trying to express his faith, and being ridiculed for it: William O'Leary's Jimmy and Chelcie Ross' Eddie Harris (though Harris, much older and more cynical, is clearly more in need of divine inspiration than Jimmy).

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References

  1. ^ boxofficemojo.com. Box Office Mojo: Major League. Retrieved on 27 May 2006.

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