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Trivia: Major League
  • Hey, It's That Guy! / Retroactive Recognition: "Downtown" Anderson is Shane.
  • The Cast Showoff: Charlie Sheen was actually a pitcher in high school, which gives Vaughn one of the most accurate deliveries in any baseball movie. It also didn't require much fudging to make his fastballs look convincing; although nowhere near Vaughn's triple-digit heater, Sheen was routinely clocked in the high 80s during filming according to Word of God.
  • Defictionalization: Uecker was in the middle of his long solid career as a Real Life game announcer for the Brewers. After the first movie came out he did more national games and World Series coverage during The Nineties.
    • When the real-life Indians games at Jacobs Field were snowed out in 2007, they played the series in Milwaukee. (Granted, it was in Miller Park as County Stadium was gone, but still....) Had the series been played in Cleveland, the Indians were going to give away Rick Vaughn-style glasses.
    • The Rick Vaughn bobblehead.
    • Many Real Life relief pitchers now have a Theme Song that plays when they come in, in imitation of Rick Vaughn's Wild Thing intro.
    • Mitch Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies, known for his lack of control and Hair-Trigger Temper much like Ricky Vaughn, acquired the nickname "Wild Thing" not long after this movie. He also switched his jersey number to 99, which was Vaughn's number in the movienote 
  • Talent Double: Mostly averted; virtually all the baseball scenes in the first film were done by the cast themselves; for instance, that really is Snipes making the sensational home-run-robbing catch during the finale. Anything they couldn't do well, the crew just filmed around it (with Snipes, he couldn't throw well nor run fast, so Hayes isn't seen throwing a ball and is why his running is usually in slow motion). The baseball sequences were actually shot with the actors playing ball trying to match the outcome needed to depict on film. The actors were enthusiastic about doing it, since they had to train and practice like real players, as well as living out playing major league ball in front of 25,000 people. The notable exception is Tom Berenger; former Dodger Chuck Yeager (who also plays Coach Temple) does most of Jake Taylor's catching action.
    • During a montage of taking ground balls off his body, Corbin Bernsen was being hit with rubberized baseballs; however, those painful bruises he sees later are in fact real bruises he suffered.
  • The Other Darrin: Omar Epps replaced Wesley Snipes as Willie Mays Hayes
    • The second movie mocks this by showing how Hayes spent his off-season... starting a movie career as an action hero (which is what Snipes did in Real Life).
  • What Could Have Been: An Alternate Ending that was filmed would have revealed that the entire film was a Batman Gambit on the part of Rachel Phelps. She would have revealed to Lou that the team was bankrupt and unable to afford top flight players, so she decided to take a chance on unproven players from the lower leagues, whom she personally scouted, and talented older players who were generally considered washed up. She tells Lou that she likewise felt that he was the right manager to bring the ragtag group together. Phelps made up the Miami scheme and adopted a catty, vindictive persona to unify and motivate the team. As the players believed that she wanted the Indians to fail, she was able to conceal that the team could not afford basic amenities such as chartered jet travel behind a veil of taking them away to spite the players. However, test audiences preferred having Phelps as a straight villain so this was cut.
    • Another alternate ending was the film concluding with Jake and Lynn's wedding, but the director felt this took too much focus off the team's victory.

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