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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.

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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



Exclusive Discovery: The long lost 1990 Upper Deck Major League cards

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Hot off the heels of yesterday’s landmark — some might say exclusive (but it’s much, much bigger than that) — find, we have gotten our hands on the cards that were intended to be in the 1990 Upper Deck baseball set.

These feature the stars of Major League II — a few guys you have heard of and, based on the box office attendance, some guys you haven’t.

(We won’t mention that the sequel came in 1994 — Major League II documents my squad’s second pennant-winning season, which is firmly 1989.)

— Lou Brown

See the rest of the “missing” 1990 cards after the jump.

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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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