The Untold Truth Of Major League


As far as baseball movies go, Major League
was definitely a grand slam. The 1989 comedy featured a sweetheart season
for a down-and-out Cleveland Indians filled with lovably bonkers characters, friction
between players and team executives, and a lot of feel-good fun that still resonates
with audiences decades after the fact. Two sequels followed the original, and a third
has been knocking around the ballpark for ages. Let’s take a look back at the untold truth
of Major League. Winner takes all Writer-director David Ward originally came
up with his concept for Major League based on his own personal love for the ballclub
it featured. The Cleveland Indians, who again lost out
on a chance at the World Series title in 2016, hadn’t taken home a trophy since 1948. So, Ward, a longtime fan, wanted to turn their
luck around — even if it was just onscreen. As he told Yahoo! Sports, “I started to feel like the only way
I would see the Indians win anything is if I made a movie where they did. I realized it would have to be a comedy because
nobody would take this seriously.” Away game Although the B-roll shots of Cleveland Municipal
Stadium were filmed in the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, most of the movie was made in
another midwestern city: Milwaukee. Yes, although it might seem like a bit of
sports sacrilege for a movie about one ball team to be shot on another’s turf, much of
Major League was filmed at Milwaukee County Stadium, which was home to the Brewers. Ward told ESPN that the reason for the shooting
locale shift was that the Cleveland Browns, the town’s NFL team, was using the stadium
at the time for their pre-season games, so it was unfit for filming. Talk about a foul ball. Performance enhancement Given his torpedo-like public profile in recent
years, it might not seem too out of character now for Charlie Sheen to have used performance-enhancing
drugs to beef up for his part in this movie. “Well, of course I’m on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen.” What might be surprising, though, is why. Sheen told Sports Illustrated that he considers
the sport of baseball “not just a hobby [but] a religion” and that it’s the only sport he
cares about watching. His favorite team was actually the Indians’
rival, the Cincinnati Reds. Meanwhile, he even played baseball in high
school and was teetering on making it to the big time at one point. Taking steroids, Sheen revealed, made his
fastball reach up to 85 miles per hour, but it also made him a little testy when it came
to criticism of Ricky Vaughn’s signature hairdo. The actor admitted that because he was so
on edge from the drugs, he got into some scuffles with bar patrons who made fun of his razed
mane during off-time from the shoot. Years later, people still consistently call
him “Wild Thing,” — though, maybe for different reasons these days — and he even revived
the character for Game 7 of the 2016 World Series matchup between the Indians and the
Chicago Cubs in hopes of bringing a little luck on his on-screen team. Dream team While a lot of the actors had to attend baseball
camp to prepare for their turns around the diamond, some of the cast members came to
the field with their own set of skills already groomed. Dennis Haysbert, for example, was such a good
hitter that he actually did knock it out of the park with those insane homers we saw on
the big screen … and he didn’t need Jobu to do it, either. “I say —— you Jobu, I do it myself.” Wesley Snipes, on the other hand, was exactly
the opposite of his fast-running screen ego WIllie Mays Hayes. He’s said to have been terrible at throwing,
and couldn’t nearly run as quickly as his base-stealing counterpart. Double switch In Major League, the central villainess was
Rachel Phelps, the blithe team owner who purposefully assembled the ragtag ensemble in hopes of
having them fail so she could move the organization to another site. “Here’s to the thrill of defeat, Charlie.” In the end, the joke was on her once the team
came together to win their division and secured their standing in Cleveland by selling out
seats at their hometown stadium. However, there was an alternate ending in
an early version of the movie that got booed out of the theaters. Originally, Rachel was supposed to have a
scene that showed her as the not-evil mastermind behind their runaway success who only acted
mean to encourage the budget squad to exceed all expectations of them. Test audiences who saw the original cut, however,
didn’t like the turnabout and said that they wanted her to stay bad because they’d gotten
so used to hating her by the end. Free agent Long before he’d become a household name for
playing anxiety-addled agent Ari Gold in HBO’s Entourage, Jeremy Piven was chopped completely
out of Major League. Piven was originally expected to appear as
an insult-hurling benchwarmer for the team, but his scenes were left on the cutting room
floor. We can certainly imagine what that would be
like… “Jesus Christ you all suck. If I didn’t have a 5 year lease on this place
I’d shut it down and work out of a cardboard box by myself!” Double play Although David Ward did return to helm the
1994 follow-up film Major League II, he doesn’t exactly consider the film to rank among his
finest achievements. He publicly panned the second pic, for which
he didn’t write the screenplay, as being “not as good as the first one” and said that it
“tried too hard to be funny.” Neither Ward nor Charlie Sheen were involved
with the third installment, Back to the Minors. They both hated the movie so much that neither
of them even count it as a Major League movie and widely refer to the sequel they’re hoping
will happen next as Major League 3. The closer Ward has written another installment to the
Major League movie-verse that’s said to be set 20 years after the original events, after
Wild Thing has already retired from the sport. The character would be brought back to train
a new generation phenom pitcher — who just so happens to be his secret son. Sheen has said that he’s fully on board with
the proposed project, that the script is definitely winning and that it has only been delayed
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100 thoughts on “The Untold Truth Of Major League

  1. I'm sure others have mentioned it, but both the basic premise of this movie (as well as many of the gags) came directly from the book "Screwballs" by Jay Cronley, who was never fully credited or compensated.

  2. Stupid test audience. I would have preferred the twist with Rachel's character. Would have added some dimension. Instead, she's just another snooty "villain."

  3. I hope they make a part three. Obviously, it won't be as good as the first. They could still make a funny enjoyable movie. As long as is it's not Disney!~!

  4. Why would you even include the whole secret son issue?

    The only way I would accept it is if the character is supposed to be Roger Dorn's son.

  5. I’m from Cleveland, the Red‘s are NOT our rival. We’re not even in the same league!!! Detroit and Chicago are more of our rivals.

  6. Woll idiots who don't live in Ohio stop saying this stupid ass lie? The Reds and the Indeans are not rivals! They don't even play in the same division or even the same league. The main rival of the Reds is the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indeans main rival are the Detroit Tigers. STOP CONFUSING BASEBALL FOR FOOTBALL!

  7. Major League 2 was filmed at two different ballparks in Baltimore, Camden Yards was Cleaveland Stadium the Tribe's home field, and Memorial Stadium, the Orioles old park and the home that year of their Class AA affiliate Bowie Baysox while their stadium down there in PG County was being constructed.

  8. this is literally a perfect movie. film schools should use it as an example of perfect ensemble cast character development.

  9. I knew Charlie Sheen was actually pitching in a lot of the scenes in this movie. He was actually pretty good.

  10. Love Major league, like the premise for Major League 3. Also I'm a fan of the Cleveland Indians, let's go Tribe!

  11. I've said 'up your butt, Jobu' my entire life. Granted, it's not very funny unless you happen to say it around someone who's seen this epic film.

    YO, BARTENDER! JOBU NEEDS A REFILL!

  12. This is my favorite spot movie of all time and its so funny. I want to buy a Cleveland Indians hat in a sport store in the mall because I love this movie though I live a little out of Seattle. I am a Seattle Seahawks fan I like Baseball more then Football though.

  13. This girl obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about. “The Cleveland Indiana’s the towns NFl team was using the stadium for spring training.”

  14. I was one of the extras when I was filmed in Milwaukee. When the “Wild Thing” left the Bullpen no one was in the the Stadium except in the outfield

  15. Looper, The Richest, Watch Mojo, Miss Mojo, all my most hated YouTube Channels.
    Plagiarizing anything they possibly can to make a video. ESPECIALLY Watch Mojo and The Richest.

  16. One fact that was omitted was that Wesley Snipes did not appear in ML2…Willie Mays Hayes was played by Omar Epps. I literally watched the film 10 times and didn’t notice.

  17. Another untold truth: When casting for the role of Harry Doyle, the director found the guy he wanted while watching the popular Miller Lite ads, which of course was Bob Uecker. What he didn't know at the time, and didn't come to find out until after casting was done, was that Bob was an actual baseball announcer. Also, Uecker ended up ad libbing most of his lines in the movie.

  18. My idea for a sequal is simple baseball goes on strike so the Indians bring back these guys and finally they win a world series

  19. Major League is one of the greatest sports movies ever made. The sequels were among the worst, especially Back to the Minors. Whoever conceived that should have been fired and have that abomination stapled to every application they fill out.

  20. I love this movie! It's one of my all-time favorites! And they're right, the second one wasn't as good as the first, and the third one doesn't even belong being mentioned in the same lifetime. I've seen the sequel twice and the third one once, and that's good enough for me. As for the original, I have it on Blue Ray and watch it about once every two months!

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