The man responsible for taking the Indians to the World Series has died. Lou Brown (James Gammon in real life), Cleveland's manager in Major League, passed away in Costa Mesa, Calif. on Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel (via Big League Stew).
"He had cancer two and a half years ago," his wife, Nancy, said Saturday. "It came back aggressively about a month ago in his adrenal glands and liver, and he was very weak. They couldn't do surgery or chemotherapy. He decided he wanted to come home, and we did hospice."Gammon had a wide-ranging film career that lasted nearly 35 years, but for millions of sports fans, he'll always be Lou Brown. Courtesy of IMDB, some of Gammon's most memorable lines from Major League:
"Forget about the curve ball Ricky, give him the heater."
"Nice catch, Hayes. Don't ever f--kin' do it again."
"Well, you can run like Mays, but you hit like sh-t. With your speed, you should be hitting the ball on the ground and be legging them out. Every time I see you hit one in the air, you owe me 20 pushups."
"Come on Dorn, get in front of the damn ball! Don't give me this "olé" bullsh-t!"
Pepper Leach: [Vaughn has just given up a grand slam after walking three straight batters] You want me to go get him?
Lou Brown: No, keep him in. Let's see how he reacts.
Lou Brown: [Vaughn hits the next batter] Interesting.
"We better teach this kid control before he kills somebody."
Rest in peace, big guy.