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Wild Thing … we think we still love you
March 2, 2011, 12:17 am
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The 20/20 interview has come and gone thankfully.

Not sure what to think other than the next possible Major League movie could end up being like stealing Jobu‘s rum … very bad.

Or, of course, it could be great.

Here are a few headlines about the next film … I’ll call it Major League 4 for sanity’s sake.

Feb. 21 — Hollywood Reporter

Feb. 22 — Entertainment Weekly

Feb. 23 — Hollywood Reporter and Hollywood Reporter

Feb. 25 — Hollywood Reporter



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



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



Exclusive first look world premiere: The 1989 Upper Deck cards you’ll never, ever find anywhere other than right here

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We’ve done some nosing around and have found this exclusive first look world premiere scoop of all scoops — the 14 cards pulled at the last second from the 1989 Upper Deck baseball card set. (Including a card of yours truly, Lou Brown.)

You see, Upper Deck had better things to do in 1989 than include a real Star Rookie named Ricky Vaughn in its inaugural baseball card set. (They instead opted for some bum named Ken Griffey Jr. for card No. 1.)

And they made some other last-second changes to the set — opting to not include managers, bench coaches, announcers and even some Major Leaguers in the 700-card first series.

My team was very, very disappointed. However, after 20 years these “missing”  cards have been discovered and can only be found here on my blog.

– Lou Brown

See all of the cards after the jump.

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Hey, Rovell … this is a fist pump!

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CNBC’s Darren Rovell has Twittered that tennis star Rafael Nadal has the best fist pump in sports. I — and Ricky Vaughn — care to differ.



Good thing we got Wild Thing some glasses…

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Sometimes it’s the little things that remind you of key moments — like when we finally got Ricky Vaughn some glasses.

Here’s what his 1989 Topps Record Breaker card would have looked like had they not decided to play nice and pull it from the set. After he started giving ‘em the heater and was much more successful, the powers that be apparently opted to not pick on my rookie.

– Lou Brown, loubrown2009@gmail.com

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What if Ricky Vaughn had a 1989 Donruss baseball card?

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Ricky Vaughn was one of GM Charlie Donovan‘s greatest scouting projects ever.

But I’m just glad we got him some glasses.

I needed some, too, since I apparently can’t tell the difference between Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax on my office wall, but anyway …

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