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Two Lous

Aug. 02, 2010
Aug. 02, 2010

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Aug. 2, 2010

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Two Lous

Last week Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced he will retire after the season—just four days after actor James Gammon, best known for playing Indians manager Lou Brown in Major League and its sequel, died at age 70. Here's a look back at the managerial careers of the Lous.

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LOU PINIELLALOU BROWN
MOONLIGHTINGCameo in Little Big League.Sold tires in off-season.
THE FOURTH ESTATESaid of dealing with the media: "I hate to be just a sullen, one-word, two-word, 'yes or no' kind of guy."Said of dealing with the media: "I'd like to ... see if we can give 'em all a nice big s---burger to eat."
CASUAL ATTIREIn 2003 ordered his Tampa Bay players to wear dress pants to home games: "You're a major league player. You get paid like a major league player. At least resemble one when you get to the ballpark."Upbraided reliever Rick (Wild Thing) Vaughn for his getup: "All right, Vaughn. They tell us you're a pitcher, you're sure not much of a dresser. We wear caps and sleeves at this level, son."
HEART CONDITIONFalse rumors hit the Internet in 1998 that he suffered a heart attack while managing the Mariners.Suffered an actual heart attack brought on by team's lackadaisical attitude in Major League II.
INFIGHTINGWhile managing Reds, wrestled reliever Rob Dibble in 1992.Saw team spring to life after they had a bench-clearing brawl—among themselves—in Major League II.
SPITBALLINGWhile managing Yankees, told owner George Steinbrenner that he couldn't ask the umpires to check Angels pitcher Don Sutton for ball-scuffing because his own starter, Tommy John, was the one who had taught Sutton the art.Tapped Eddie Harris (who was known to load the ball with Crisco, Bardahl, Vagisil and, with help from a jalapeño, snot) to pitch in several big games.
CATCHERSIn Seattle, managed Mackey Sasser, whose career was undone by his inability to throw the ball back to the pitcher.In Major League II, managed Rube Baker, whose career was nearly undone by his inability to throw the ball back to the pitcher.
BAD TIMES WITH FEMALE OWNERSHIPAnnoying, tight-fisted ways of Reds owner Marge Schott led to Piniella's resignation in 1992.Annoying, tight-fisted ways of Indians owner Rachel Phelps led to angry clubhouse showdown.
GOOD TIMES WITH FEMALE OWNERSHIPOften defended Schott and allowed her to rub hair from her beloved pet St. Bernard, Schottzie, on him for good luck.In original ending to Major League, found out that Phelps was positioning herself as the enemy to motivate Brown and his players.
PHOTOJIM PRISCHING/AP (PINIELLA)PHOTOAP (BROWN)PHOTOEVERETT COLLECTION (VAUGHN)PHOTODAVID WALBERG (DIBBLE, SCHOTTZZIE)PHOTOAP (CRISCO)PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (SCHOTT AND PINIELLA)PHOTOAP (BROWN AND PHELPS)PHOTO