The Making of Major League by Jonathan Knight (2015)
The Making of Major League:
A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy
by Jonathan Knight
Gray & Company, 2015
One of the most enduring comedies of the late 1980s—at least for sports nuts—is Major League. There is perhaps no other baseball film as widely quoted and embraced both by fans and players in the history of Hollywood. In his latest book, Ohio sportswriter Jonathan Knight takes readers behind the scenes of the movie, showing how difficult it was for writer/director David S. Ward to initially get the green light. Knight weaves together information gathered from interviews with Ward and the stars of the show, including Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, and Wesley Snipes, telling the story of how the film came to be made and the excitement on the set while filming.
Those familiar with the movie are well aware of the raunchy language, and Knight does not hesitate to quote both lines from the movie and interviews without censorship. Readers who are able to look past the salty language will enjoy reliving the first time they saw Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Sheen) strike out Clu Haywood (played by major leaguer Pete Vukovich). Knight also touches on the ill-fated sequels, and the proposed fourth installment that has failed to gain any traction so far.
I love Major League, and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the highlights and hijinks of making the movie that ranks up near the top of my all-time favorite baseball flicks.
Posted on June 30, 2015, in baseball, books, movies, reviews and tagged Cleveland Indians, Gray & Company, Jonathan Knight, Major League, The Making of Major League. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.