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A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN
CHRIS NASHAWATY
July 04, 2011
IT'S BEEN 22 YEARS SINCE WILD THING WALTZED INTO OUR LIVES, AND MAJOR LEAGUE STILL MAKES OUR HEARTS SING. THE FILM'S CAST AND CREW TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW IT BECAME ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED—AND MOST QUOTED—SPORTS MOVIES EVER
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July 04, 2011

A League Of Its Own

IT'S BEEN 22 YEARS SINCE WILD THING WALTZED INTO OUR LIVES, AND MAJOR LEAGUE STILL MAKES OUR HEARTS SING. THE FILM'S CAST AND CREW TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW IT BECAME ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED—AND MOST QUOTED—SPORTS MOVIES EVER

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Rene Russo (Jake Taylor's ex, Lynn Wells): I'd been modeling for a thousand years, and I was bored from the moment I stepped into that business. David took a chance on me. Acting looks easier than it is.

Chesser: David and I proposed Dyan Cannon for the role of Rachel Phelps, the team owner. The studio really liked Margaret Whitton.

Margaret Whitton (Indians owner Rachel Phelps): I saw my character as a combination of Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner.

Ward: The last piece of the puzzle was the radio announcer. I wanted him to be funny, eccentric, a bit profane at times. And having seen Bob Uecker on the Lite beer commercials, I thought he was perfect. I didn't even know at the time that he was announcing for the Brewers.

Bob Uecker (radio announcer Harry Doyle): They told me to do whatever you want. You don't have to follow the script. They just said, "The Indians are getting their asses kicked every day; have fun with it." So I did. My stuff was funny.

III. "Hats for bats. Keep bats warm."

Chesser: I remember poor Wesley got pissy when we had to keep shooting him sliding. He was like, "What was wrong with that one?"

Yeager: He had strawberries from all the sliding, and he didn't want to do it anymore because it hurt. I told him, "I know it hurts. I've been hurting for 20 years!"

Berenger: On sports movies and on military movies, you get this attitude together. And I remember a bunch of us in the training room—we were all broken down, Yeager included. Wesley Snipes had a jammed thumb from a bad slide. I had a sciatic nerve acting up from crouching. Charlie's shoulder was falling off.

Ward: Charlie can throw in the 80s, but when we were shooting from behind home I would move the plate up 10 feet to make it look faster, so 82 looked like 94. He never complained. I've never seen Charlie any happier than when he's playing baseball. The only thing he gave me a hard time about was the lightning-bolt haircut I made him get.

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