For writer/director of Major League, Cleveland Indians’ success surpasses fiction – Orange County Register

The faces of three smiling Indians adorned the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 6, 1987: Cory Snyder, Joe Carter and Chief Wahoo. “Believe it!” the cover read. “Cleveland is the best team in the American League.”

Only the Indians did not win the American League in 1987. Or in 1988. Cleveland’s sinister cycle of high hopes dashed by disappointment continued. So did the so-called “Sports Illustrated cover jinx.” Monday at Angel Stadium, prior to a game between the Indians and Angels, David Ward still remembers that cover.

“One of the reasons I wrote Major League,” Ward said, “is because I figured the only way the Indians would win something in my lifetime is if I wrote a movie about it.”

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