Filed under: Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, Lou Brown, Major League | Tags: Charlie Sheen, Major League, Sports Illustrated
If you haven’t tracked down the July 4 issue of Sports Illustrated — the annual “Where are They Now?” double issue — then you’re missing out on a whole lot of Major League action.
As in a seven-page feature on the cast and crew recalling moments from the past as reported by Chris Nashawaty.
You can find the story online via the SI website, but you don’t get the full impact without seeing the images and more.
Good job, Nashawaty — that’s reporter I’d not give a big ol’ shitburger to!
Filed under: Cleveland Indians, Major League | Tags: Major League, Vancouver Canadians
I dunnnoooooo … have I seen this before?
Filed under: Major League, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn | Tags: Cleveland Indians, Charlie Sheen, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, autographs, #winning, @charliesheen
Not sure where I stand on Wild Thing these days, but apparently he’s done some autograph signing for us Major League fans to chase.
Will you feel like a winner when you find one? Or are you a bigger winner for going to one of his shows?
I’m not sure if I will. Then again, will he be around much longer? Sad to say it, but …
Clearly that writer over there is obsessed with my team. Check out all of these stories he’s written. True fanboy, but a “journalist,” too. I need to send him a box of shitburgers. (I got some of his cards of my team back in the day.)
April 6 — Obsessed with Pedro Cerrano.
March 1 — Just read it.
Aug. 11, 2009 — Them’s some nice bats.
June 15, 2009 — Ricky Vaughn Bobblehead night.
April 23, 2009 — He can’t find our cards … help him out.
April 11, 2009 — First mention of Ricky bobbleheads.
Dec. 16, 2008 — More on those bats.
– Lou Brown
Filed under: Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, Lou Brown, Major League, Major League 4 | Tags: Charlie Sheen, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, Major League 4
The notion of Wild Thing showing up in Major League 4 makes me a little uneasy — but not as uneasy as knowing Lou Brown has little chance as me making a cameo.
You can also forget landing one of these caps, either. They’re no longer made.
But I still want one.
But the notion of the movie happening lives on. Check this out.
Filed under: Cleveland Indians, Lou Brown, Major League, Major League II | Tags: Cleveland Indians, Indians, James Gammon, Lou Brown, Major League, Major League movie
By Joe L. Brown
CLEVELAND — Lou Brown, the gravelly voiced manager who led the Cleveland Indians to their first pennant in more than 40 years in 1988 has died after an ongoing battle with cancer. He was 70.
Brown, whose belief in calisthenics, sound un-flashy glove work and downright loathing of contract squabbles, kept him at the helm of the Toledo Mud Hens for 30 years, was hired for the job by General Manager Charlie Donovan, who had been promoted after the death of owner Donald Phelps.
Un-beknownst to Brown and Donovan, owner Rachel Phelps had intended to produce a team worthy of re-locating to Miami, but it was Brown’s daring managerial style and an eclectic mix of veterans and unknown talent like Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn that led the Indians to the AL East title for the first time since 1954.
Brown’s Tribe defeated the New York Yankees in a playoff game on a bunt by catcher Jake Taylor, which meant the team finished with a 93-70 record in his dream season. Brown told reporters that “there are two or three potential all-stars” on his roster, but it was his managing of that talent that was vital for the Tribe’s success. One example? Brown discovered that Vaughn’s wildness was a result of poor eyesight, propelling the former California Penal Leaguer into one of the game’s greatest success stories.
Brown often admitted that he wasn’t “one for inspirational addresses” and he was known for wasting sports writers’ time when they irked him. One of his great thrills in life was a simple one, grilling burgers.
Filed under: Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Indians groundscrew, Major League, Stephen Strasburg | Tags: baseball, Baseball movies, Cleveland Indians, Lou Brown, Major League, Major League movie, MLB, Stephen Strasburg, Strasburg, Washington Nationals
You all know about home-field advantage but I know how good these guys are.
They may not have liked my team, but after Stephen Strasburg‘s struggles on Sunday it’s readily apparent that they don’t like him, either.
– Lou Brown
Filed under: Pedro Cerrano, Roger Dorn, Harry Doyle, Jobu, Major League: Back to the Minors, Major League II, Major League | Tags: Major League, Lou Brown, Cleveland Indians, Pedro Cerrano, Harry Doyle, Roger Dorn, Corbin Bernsen, Major League II, Major League movie, Major League: Back to the Minors, Indians, Dorn
Roger Dorn threw out the first pitch today in Cleveland, which also happens to be the 12th anniversary of Major League: Back To The Minors‘ theatrical release.
Harry Doyle said his pitch was juuuuuuust a bit outside, but personally I think his vision is getting bad.
It’s worth noting that Dorn is one of only four Major Leaguers to appear in all three films — him, coach Duke Temple, Pedro Cerrano and Doyle.
– Lou Brown
Filed under: Major League | Tags: 2010 Cleveland Indians Season Preview, baseball, Clevland Indians, Indians, Major League, MLB
Filed under: Jake Taylor, Major League | Tags: baseball, Cleveland Indians, Indians, indians major league movie, Jake Taylor, Lynn Westland, Lynn Westland-Taylor, Major League, MLB, Rene Russo, Tom Berenger
You might have seen these on the Major League “Wild Thing Edition” DVD’s photo gallery but not even realized what they were.
But thanks to Mrs. Taylor’s scrapbook, we’ve gotten a look at a couple of scenes that were cut from the documentary on my 1988 Cleveland Indians — footage lost forever to the cutting room floor.
Above is a snapshot from Jake and Lynn‘s wedding at All Saints on Euclid after the season. Our team saluted the happy couple on their way out of the church. (Interesting note for the game-used baseball bat collectors — my team only used Louisville Sluggers in the movie but you can see some Rawlings bats above.)
Filed under: Major League, Major League Movies | YouTube Clips | Tags: Cleveland Indians, indians major league movie, Jobu, Major League, Pedro Cerrano
Well, here’s something you don’t see everyday. It’s a brief behind-the-scenes clip promoting Major League before it came to VHS — remember that?
Check it out. I was surprised to find it, myself. Looks like my team still has quite a few fans out there.