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Major League (1989)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 7 April 1989 (USA)
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

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Rachel Phelps is the new owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, her plans for the team are rather nefarious. She wants to move the team to Miami for the warmer climate and a new stadium. To justify the move, the team has to lose, and lose badly. So she assembles the worst possible team she can. Among these are a past-his-prime catcher with bad knees, a shrewd but past-his-prime pitcher, a young tearaway pitcher (and felon) with a 100 mph fastball but absolutely no control, a third baseman who is too wealthy and precious to dive, a voodoo-loving slugger who can't hit a curve ball and an energetic-but-naive lead off hitter and base-stealer who can't keep the ball on the ground. Against the odds, and after the inevitable initial failures, they iron out some of their faults and start to win, much to Ms Phelps' consternation. Written by grantss

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A comedy with bats and balls. See more »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,797,148 (USA)
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Real life relief pitcher Mitch Williams (with the Chicago Cubs at the time of the film's release) was inspired to model himself after the Rick Vaughn character. He began to wear the number 99 and had "Wild Thing" played when entering games, shortly earning the nickname "Wild Thing". In addition, the modern day tradition of relief pitchers, mainly closers, having their own intro songs was largely inspired by this film. See more »

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In Jake's last at-bat, the Yankee pitcher throws him a brush-back pitch which causes him to dive into the dirt to avoid being hit. While on the ground, his uniform is very dirty from the dust of the batter's box. The Indian's radio announcer (Bob Uecker) says that "Taylor refuses to dust himself off". However, as Jake re-takes his stance, his uniform is clean. As Jake crosses first base on his bunt attempt, he falls into the dirt of the base path, again becoming very soiled. But in the post-game scenes he again has a clean, spiffy uniform. See more »

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[first lines]
Rachel Phelps: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to another season of Indians baseball.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.152 (2013) See more »

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The Nearness of You
by Hoagy Carmichael & Ned Washington
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Best baseball movie
3 February 2012 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

I don't care what anyone says this is by far the best baseball movie ever made. Bull Durham was a bit too much of a chick flick to be a real baseball fans movie of choice.

Major League isn't a movie that's going to solve world peace or anything but if you want a light hearted, entertaining film that is hysterically funny then you need to see this.

Charlie Sheen being a former high school pitcher who was able to get 85 mph on his fastball, which isn't as fast as characters 100 mph. But close enough to with the way they film it to make it look believable as being a real flame thrower. If they had someone who didn't have a background in baseball they would've probably had to use a stunt double for his pitching scenes, which would've sucked.


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