A sports movie about some loveable losers and their quest to win a championship.
The premise isn’t new now, and it wasn’t even new back in 1989, when the baseball comedy, Major League hit theaters. What made this movie different and special was that it was a inside look at baseball in disguise of a comedy. It’s still a favorite of many baseball and sports fans today especially in cities like Cleveland and Milwaukee.
Now, author, Jonathan Knight, is telling the story of the making of Major League, in his new appropriately titled book, The Making of Major League. This is a thorough and complete recap of the cult film and if you enjoyed the movie, you will love this book and all the inside information Knight reveals. He answers many of the questions movie fans will have and even explains details that maybe only those on the movie production staff would know.
Knight did plenty of research and conducted in-depth interviews with writer/director David S. Ward along with the stars of the movie. Knight was also able to pan through Ward’s archive of movie photos, rough drafts of the screenplays, and storyboards. The book includes shots of these and they are fascinating to look at.
The book flows perfectly and you can tell Knight was a huge fan of the movie.
“There was a period of my life when I watched Major League every single day,” author Jonathan Knight said. “I’d come home from junior high school each afternoon, pop the movie into the VCR, and immerse myself in a delicious alternate reality in which baseball was hilarious and the Cleveland Indians were champions.”
The movie also launched the career of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars. To this day, Knight said, that Major League was one of the crowning moments of their career. The one and only, Charlie Sheen, contributed the foreward to the book.
“What a fantastic ride back in time,” said Corbin Bernson, who played Roger Dorn in the movie. “Making Major League was a highlight of both my personal life (I wanted to be a ballplayer) and my professional life. Jonathan’s book not only takes me back but fills in a few holes.”
You can see a little more about the book here. Knight covers every angle in the book and his passion for baseball, the Indians and movie shines through brighter than the lights at Progressive Field on a warm July night.
Here is the pricing and availability update of The Making of Major League.
“The Making of Major League: A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy” ($15.95; softcover; 256 pages; 59 photos) is available at bookstores and online from Amazon.com and BN.com. For more information, visit: MajorLeagueBook.com.
I don’t know if you would classify The Making of Major League as a “sports book” or a book about the entertainment industry, so I’ll just say it’s my favorite “sports entertainment” book of 2015. I can’t wait to read it again.