Our Alamo Springfield baseball week series concludes with a little Wild Thing!
Baseball movies were widely considered box office poison until Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon's BULL DURHAM became a surprise hit in the summer of 1988. Then MAJOR LEAGUE came along the following spring and hit a home run with audiences, proving the Great American Pastime could bring in Great American Moviegoers.
MAJOR LEAGUE follows a team of has-beens, never-weres and what-the-hells that is destined for obscurity until they make a dramatic turnaround and become not only winners but celebrities as well. A Who's Who of who was hot in 1989, MAJOR LEAGUE features stalwart leading man Tom Berenger (THE BIG CHILL, SHOOT TO KILL), then-hunky "Wild Thing" Charlie Sheen, L.A. LAW heartthrob Corbin Bernsen, up-and-comers Wesley Snipes (as Willie Mays Hayes) and Dennis Haysbert (as a hotshot Cuban import) and, in her first major film, the ravishing Rene Russo as the requisite ex-girlfriend who must be wooed anew. The first-rate character actor James Gammon is perfectly cast as the grizzled team manager.