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Snapshots from Lynn Westland-Taylor’s scrapbooks

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.)

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Some rare behind-the-scenes footage from Major League is here

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.



I always kinda hated this time of year …

Sure. there’s a new season upon us. But there’s one thing I never really liked to see during spring training — red-tag season.

I always felt bad that Bobby Gentry was singled out in the documentary about my 1988 Indians team. We made several rounds of cuts, but only Gentry here was shown getting a legitimate red tag.

He was sent down to Colorado Springs, our brand-new Triple-A club that was managed by former big-leaguer Steve Swisher that season, and he did pretty well but it wasn’t enough to get back to the bigs.

He later became a long-time fielding coach for the San Diego Padres, and I hear his boy made his big-league debut last season.

– Lou Brown



Do you have these magazines? I need copies …

For all of the things I saved through the years, I never did latch onto copies of People and Sports Illustrated where my guys appeared on the covers.

“Wild Thing” appeared on the Sept. 18, 1988, cover of People, while several of us appeared on a SI cover that fall, too.

Have one? E-mail me…

- Lou Brown



Inside Pedro Cerrano’s baseball card collection

UPDATE: The mystery card is definitely a San Francisco Giant and it’s definitely not a standard-sized card.

For a voodoo warrior who has problems getting along with his teammates, Pedro Cerrano sure does show a soft spot for baseball greats and their baseball cards showing in his locker doesn’t he?

From left just above Jobu, that’s a 1984 Donruss Eddie Murray Diamond Kings card, a 1968 Topps Game Roberto Clemente, a mystery card, a 1971 Topps Willie McCovey, a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card and a 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson.

Anyone have any ideas on the mystery card? My leading guess is that it might be a 1957 Topps Clemente. I’m admittedly not sure, though, as it also looks like it could be a Willie Mays or Monte Irvin mug. Plus, the card looks like it could be narrower like a 1968 Topps 3D card or a Kellogg’s card, but I can’t match it anywhere.

– Lou Brown



Did you know … Fleer pulled Pedro Cerrano’s baseball card from its 1989 set while fixing the Billy Ripken FF error?

Did you know Fleer pulled this card from its 1989 baseball card set while fixing the Billy Ripken error?

Pedro Cerrano appeared on card No. 402 until someone spotted him and replaced him with Dave Clark. It was a change that was so subtle it didn’t even require a change to the alphabetical order on the checklist.

(We heard that Fleer’s CEO just couldn’t allow the Tribe’s voodoo warrior on a card — he thought it gave off the wrong impression to youngsters. Little did he know what was on the knob of Ripken’s bat. But then that’s all just an urban myth, anyway … right?)

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What if Upper Deck had gone a different direction with card No. 1 back in 1989?

Now that Upper Deck is effectively out of the market for Major League Baseball cards, it’s also out of the market for Major League baseball cards, too, and that got Lou Brown thinking about what went wrong along the way.

What if Upper Deck had gone with a different Star Rookie in its inaugural 1989 baseball card set instead of Ken Griffey Jr.? What if my man, Wild Thing had been there instead?

Things would have looked a lot different today. I’m telling you.

– Lou Brown



Will you find these in 2010 Upper Deck baseball card packs?

Since Upper Deck has decided to go all renegade and use MLB logos on its 2010 baseball card set — a move that has the attention of Major League Baseball — I just want to know one thing …

Will any of the 1990 buyback cards inserted into packs look anything like this one?

I still haven’t found a Pedro Cerrano card in any of the backs I have purchased … what about you?

– Lou Brown



I missed Eddie Harris in our second season …

I’ll tell you right now, Eddie Harris was the glue that held our pitching staff together in 1988.

And he also had all the best lines in Major League.

Watch the video and learn.

– Lou Brown




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