The Making of Major League: A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy

The Making of Major League: A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy


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With a foreword by Charlie Sheen.

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest baseball movies ever.

If you love watching Major League, you’ll be fascinated by this inside story. Based on interviews with all major cast members plus crew and producers, it tells how writer/director David S. Ward battled the Hollywood system to turn his own love of the underdog Cleveland Indians into a classic screwball comedy.

Learn how a tight-knit group of rising young stars (and a few wily veterans) had a blast pretending to play ball while creating several iconic characters. Filled with little-known facts and personal recollections about outtakes and inside jokes, batting practice and script changes, all-night location shoots, bar hopping and more, this is the ultimate guide to the film that reinvented the baseball movie and inspired a generation of belly laughs.

Includes rare photos, storyboard illustrations, script excerpts, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938441646
Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2015
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 634,671
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Knight has written nine books about sports and is a regular sports commentator on radio and television in Northeast Ohio. He was called “one of the most articulate and devoted sportswriters in Ohio” by the Akron Beacon Journal. A member of both the Society for American Baseball Research and the Pro Football Researchers Association, he's a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @jknightwriter.

Charlie Sheen starred in "Major League" as the pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn. He has also starred in dozens of major Hollywood films, including "Platoon,"Wall Street," and "Eight Men Out" and several successful television shows, including "Two and a Half Men" and "Anger Management."

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Cracking the Show
Fantasy Baseball
Making Losers Lovable
“Tootsie,” Vietnam, and Wild Thing
My Kinda Team
Breaking Training
Milwaukee’s Best
Photographs, Storyboards, and More
Vampire Baseball
Cut the Windup
“Like Watching a Home Movie”
Major League Strikes Back
Making Hearts Sing
Team Roster
Box Score for the Final Game of the Film
Script Excerpt: Final Scene

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