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July 22, 2014 1:13 PM   Subscribe

An Oral History of the 1989 Cleveland Indians. It was 1989, and no one knew that the usually predictable world of Major League Baseball was about to get as topsy turvy as it could. Here's the story of a plucky band of misfits, fighting against the entrenched baseball establishment, to obtain success in their efforts against their playing opponents, and an evil owner bent on relocation.

In this article, Scott Lewis, usual master of the animated GIF, tackles one of the most interesting, and mostly untold stories of baseball history.

Perhaps you're a fan of baseball, the Cleveland club, or just a casual follower of humour. Enjoy.
posted by LoRichTimes (35 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh man. Oh man. Nice.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:19 PM on July 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


I loved this movie more than I had any right to. There was a time in my life when I could almost quote verbatim from any part of it.

I love this article not only because of Major League but because it feels to me like a swipe at the intrusion of oral history into popular culture.

I swear Chelcie Ross has not aged since this movie filmed.

Finally, Bob Uecker is a goddamned national treasure.
posted by MoonOrb at 1:33 PM on July 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


Ha!
posted by resurrexit at 1:34 PM on July 22, 2014


I love Major League.

This is pretty creative, but it feels like a movie recap.
posted by zarq at 1:37 PM on July 22, 2014


Juuuust a bit outside.
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:50 PM on July 22, 2014 [12 favorites]


Too high? Who gives a shit, it's gone.
posted by Sphinx at 2:23 PM on July 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


That was a lot of fun.

Also, I've tried to give other, more serious, films a chance, but Major League really is the best movie about baseball ever made. It captures the fun, the agony, the strategy, the characters, and the fans better than any of the other sentimental crap put out there.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 2:38 PM on July 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


As Joe Morgan himself might remark, Johnny Bench was the best I ever saw at this particular play.
posted by tigrefacile at 2:50 PM on July 22, 2014


It’s very bad to steal Jobu’s rum. It’s very bad.
posted by ob1quixote at 3:33 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Hats... for bats.

Gracias.
posted by mightygodking at 3:34 PM on July 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


OK, that's pretty awesome.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:45 PM on July 22, 2014


So here's me thinking, "fucking hell that dude looks like Charlie Sheen".

Oh.

Is this what it's like for you guys watching cricket?
posted by fullerine at 3:46 PM on July 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


Jesus, I like him very much. But he no help with curveball.

Would it kill them to work this into an Allstate commercial?
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 3:54 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


You might run like Hayes, but you hit like shit.
posted by MoonOrb at 3:58 PM on July 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I've never seen the movie and I clicked the link without looking at the rest of the FPP/comments. I read the whole thing totally engrossed by this amazing story that I had never heard from my hometown team. I've been sitting here texting the article to people like "I DON'T EVEN LIKE SPORTS BUT THIS STORY IS AMAZING," narrating the hijinks aloud to my friend, telling him how much this guy Vaughn looks like Charlie Sheen, and googling "Rick Vaughan totally looks like Charlie Sheen." Then I come back here to actually read the FPP and turns out I'm a total dill weed.
posted by quiet coyote at 4:12 PM on July 22, 2014 [32 favorites]


I mixed up 1987 and 1989 and thought it was going to be about this Cleveland Indians team, and as such would be a grim recounting of shattered dreams and despair. You know, like most Cleveland Indians seasons.
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:24 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Then I come back here to actually read the FPP and turns out I'm a total dill weed.

He's not the best colorman in the league for nothing, folks!
posted by nubs at 4:27 PM on July 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


"Name one park in America that ball wouldn't have gone out of."

"Yellowstone?"
posted by P.o.B. at 4:28 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Up your butt, Jobu.
posted by stenseng at 4:51 PM on July 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Oh man, I hadn't thought about this movie in years.

Lou Brown passed away due to complications from heart disease in 2001.

.

And it appears James Gammon died in 2010.

.
posted by A dead Quaker at 4:59 PM on July 22, 2014


Jesus, I like him very much. But he no help with curveball.

You tryin' to say Jesus can't hit a curve ball?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:00 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Hats for bats. Keep bats warm.
posted by MoonOrb at 5:01 PM on July 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Paul Hoynes is the real-life Indians beat writer for the Plain Dealer. Nice attention to detail there.
posted by mcmile at 6:05 PM on July 22, 2014


I know that people are tired of oral histories but they're still one of my favorite formats, and since I love baseball and I love all sports movies but especially baseball movies, and this is one of my favorite baseball movies, this is like a grand slam on the three-two pitch at the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series, as far as I'm concerned.
posted by padraigin at 6:23 PM on July 22, 2014


Nice catch, Hayes. Don't ever fuckin' do it again.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:41 PM on July 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Posted on Cleveland's 218th birthday, no less.
posted by slogger at 7:51 PM on July 22, 2014


Oh man, the slam on Joe Morgan is *classic*.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:54 PM on July 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Hey, wait a minute, I'm watching this on netflix and half the lines in the article aren't even IN here!

Ha, just kidding, this article is awesome. And I really am rewatching Major League right now because of it.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 8:46 PM on July 22, 2014


Remember, fans, coming up next week is Die-Hard Night, with free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won the pennant!
posted by Spatch at 10:49 PM on July 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Finally, Bob Uecker is a goddamned national treasure.

You can't say goddamn on the air!
posted by bijou243 at 11:29 AM on July 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


Don't worry, nobody's listening anyway.
posted by MoonOrb at 11:35 AM on July 23, 2014 [4 favorites]


Fuck you Jobu, I do it myself.
posted by e1c at 12:26 PM on July 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Building an entire backstory about the California Penal League was where the article moved into the awesome range.
posted by Ber at 12:37 PM on July 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


[This is good]
posted by Fezboy! at 1:07 PM on July 23, 2014


Don't care much for baseball, LOVE this movie. (I think we owned the VHS when I was in high school, either that or we rented it so often that it felt like it.) This article is mostly a recap of the movie, yes, but damn clever.
posted by epersonae at 1:48 PM on July 23, 2014


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