Big League Chew – Retrospective of an American Original

BIg League Chew - Retrospective of an American Original


When I set out to launch, my mission was clear: celebrate the history of candy packaging, its marketing, and the people behind it.  Sure, the title was Collecting Candy, but I felt that you didn’t need to be a collector to enjoy these stories, and to appreciate this history.  After all, candy is a part of most of our lives, in one form or another.

Not long ago, I began building a collection of vintage Big League Chew pouch bubble gum packets.  My curiosity about the brand soon revealed that the two men credited with the birth of Big League Chew were still around; Rob Nelson and Jim Bouton.    A bit of internet digging and a few e-mails later, and I was in touch with Rob “Nellie” Nelson.  Nellie was an enthusiastic source of information, and he put me in contact with his longtime Big League Chew partner (and former Yankee great), Jim Bouton, as well as the artist who created the amazing mascots that are so fondly recalled when we think of Big League Chew, Bill Mayer.

I interviewed each of those three gentlemen, and a few others involved with Big League Chew.  What follows is the heart of those interviews, along with a wonderful gallery of rarely-seen pieces of Big League Chew packaging, and a few other tasty tidbits.

The launch date of this site is also related to feature we chose.   February 6th, 1979 was the day Rob Nelson cooked up his very first batch of home made bubble gum, and turned it into shreds using a pizza knife.   So, today marks the anniversary of the birth of that very first batch of shredded gum, the earliest version of Big League Chew.

In keeping with the baseball theme, February 6th is also Babe Ruth’s birthday.  So happy birthday Babe, and happy birthday, Big League Chew.


Big League Beginnings

A front-and-back panel from an original 1980 Big League Chew pouch.

The story of how Big League Chew first came to be is well-known, at least the basics are – it’s written on the back of every new pouch of Big League Chew sold, and it goes like this;

“Sitting in a bullpen one night, Portland Maverick’s left-hander Rob Nelson, and teammate Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankee All-Star, wanted something really different and fun to chew.

So they came up with a great idea – shredded bubble gum in a pouch – and called it Big League Chew.  It soon became an amazing hit with ballplayers everywhere.

That was over 25 Years ago.  Today, more and more professional and amateur players in all sports are turning to Big League Chew, a fun gum that keeps your mouth from getting dry when the game is on the line. “

That’s the highlight-reel version of the colorful origins of Big League Chew that I’ll be expanding upon here.


When I first asked Rob Nelson, (aka “Nellie – for Nellie Fox), how Big League Chew came to be, he waxed poetic, and brought up how so many people “had given me great breaks”.   Nelson went on;

“I was sitting in the bullpen in 1977, with the Portland Mavericks.  I was pitching coach, and tenth man down.  I was in way over my head, but there I was…

Uniforms were bad in the 1970’s, you had those bright white shoes, and guys who chewed tobacco took delight in soiling teammates’ shoes.   Jim Bouton had asked me if I ever chewed, and he couldn’t understand why guys did it.    Half an inning went by and I brought up my idea for shredding gum, an idea I had since I was a kid.”

Bouton was intrigued with Nelson’s idea, and he asked what it might be called.  Nelson offered, “I’ve got a few names — Big League Chew is my favorite.”  Bouton liked what he heard.

Jim Bouton and Rob Nelson - Big League Chew creators in baseball card form.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Beyond Jim Bouton’s achievements as a successful major league pitcher, he was also a broadcaster, a best-selling author, and more.   While Nelson was as friendly as could be, I didn’t know what to expect when I interviewed Jim Bouton.   Would he be stern and evasive, perhaps an all-about-business counter to Nelson’s youthful enthusiasm and gregarious nature?  I worried he might dismiss me outright, but he was gracious with his time and generous with his stories.   Talking to a major league All-Star about the bubble gum he helped bring to life – that was pretty fun.]

Nelson continued,”…I wondered what Jim’s wife must have said when he told her about his new bubble gum venture…. Jim put up 10% of his income on some notion that some left-handed pitcher out of Portland had.”

When I asked if he had any trepidation, risking so much on a venture and business he had no experience with, Bouton explained that he had always had an entrepreneurial spirit.   When he heard Nelson’s idea for Big League Chew, he realized it was the kind of idea that he could help make into something big.  Bouton had been figuring out ways to create success for himself and others, all his life.

“Even at a young age, I’d always been an entrepreneurial kid.  I had a lawn-mowing business at 10-years-old, I had a newspaper route, and a scrap business.   The first job I created was my scrap business.  I had an old wagon, and on the weekends I’d tie a rope to the handle on that wagon and pull that all around town.  on the weekends, I’d pick up all the used newspapers that I’d been delivering during the week, and take them back to the garage.  That’s where my family kept their Studebaker.  But I’d pile those newspapers in there, and when it got to be too much, I’d haul them into the scrap dealer, and he bought the newspapers.  That led to me eventually walking through town and picking up pieces of metal.  I’d carry those home and soon the scrap dealer was coming to my house to pick up the pile.  I recall earning $15 in one instance, and that was a lot of money in 1948.  At thirteen, I had business cards;  ‘Odd Jobs – you name it, I’ll do it.’  So I was a lawn mower, a dog washer, a house painter.”

Bouton knew opportunity when he saw it, and he believed Big League Chew was something.

Canadian bilingual introduction pack - circa 1980's

Bouton’s conversation with Rob that day in 1977 was the beginning of a business partnership that would eventually bring Big League Chew to life, but it wasn’t quick, and it wasn’t easy.

“After Rob and I had that first discussion about shredded bubble gum, I don’t think we talked about it again until after the season was over.  But then, after the season, I put up the money, and Rob fried up some bubble gum.”

As Rob recalled, in January of 1979 he found a homemade bubble gum kit from an article in People magazine, and he “ordered a bunch, from a company out of Arlington, Texas.”   He baked those first batches of bubble gum in the kitchen of the Maverick’s bat boy, Todd Field.  [Trivia:  Todd is now a renowned Hollywood film director.]  From there, he cut up the gum with a pizza knife, and then mocked up a package to see how a rough prototype might look, so they would have something to show.   For those early samples, they emptied out foil tobacco pouches, and the gum went in – creating what was probably the very first pouches of shredded bubble gum.

“We had a company in Portland; Petzold and Associates, work up the graphics for our prototype pouches.  It was a cartoon of Jim, with a word balloon – Best I Ever Tried.”

After working out how their product might look, it was time to find a company that could bring it to market.


The whole town smelled like bubble gum for years.

Jim Bouton had the connections, and the knowledge of how to protect their young idea.   From there it would be a two year process before Big League Chew would find a company that believed in it.   Bouton and Nelson took their Big League Chew idea to Topps, Fleer, Leaf, Lifesavers, and American Chicle.  Each time they received a similar response, “It’s interesting, but we don’t make anything like that.”  After a good deal of rejection, they found Amurol.

Amurol logo - circa 1969

Amurol Logo - circa 1987

Amurol had been a bubble gum and confection company specializing in sugar-free items.  Wrigley purchased Amurol for that specialization in sugar-free, but when the market for sugarless products ebbed, they didn’t quite know what to do with their acquisition, so they set Amurol to work on novelty bubble gum.

Bouton explained the process of pitching their product to Amurol:

“We believed the idea for shredded gum was new.  So, before we showed any of these companies the idea, we had them sign a disclosure form.  That meant that we agree to show them what we’ve got, and they have 24-hours to show if they already had an idea like ours.  It’s designed to protect both parties. “

It turned out that a fellow at Amurol had figured out how to shred gum six years before, but they hadn’t come up with any way to market it.   Amurol was delighted when Bouton and Nelson came along with a name and concept, and they soon struck up a licensing deal for Big League Chew.

Bouton shared a story that was an early indication that they might have a hit on their hands,

Bouton: “Early on, before Big League Chew went national, the company wanted to see how consumers might respond, so they did a test.  This was done in Naperville, Illinois – where Amurol was located – the whole town smelled like bubble gum for years.    They brought about a dozen sample pouches to a convenience store in late morning, set it down with the owner, then went out to lunch.   When they came back after lunch, the gum was nowhere to be found.  “I thought you were going to put this out?”  The owner responded that they did, and it had sold out – during lunch.”

Nelson : “That first deal we signed was only a three-year deal.  Those first two years, they averaged $13-14 million in sales a year.  That might only be a flea on an elephant in terms of Wrigley, but it far exceeded expectations.  Instead of three years, we were with Wrigley for three decades. “

With Rob Nelson’s invention, and Jim Bouton’s entrepreneurial drive, Big League Chew found a home with Amurol/Wrigley.

Rob Nelson and Jim Bouton - Press clipping from the April 9th, 1990 issue of Sports Illustrated


“That crusty, sausage-nosed ball player every kid remembers.”

Before Wrigley would start selling Big League Chew, it had to get an official package design.   The iconic illustration of the crusty sausage-nosed ball player that so many millions would identify with Big League Chew was brought to life by Atlanta artist, Bill Mayer.   Mayer explained how he came on board:

“I got the Big League Chew job through my rep in Chicago, Dan Sell.  The style you see on those old packages was a style I was doing a lot of back in the 1980’s; loose pencils and watercolors.  The agency that was handling this for Amurol was Needham Harper and Steers – wish I could remember the art director’s name.  It was really that art director’s design, and my wacky characters that came together and made that package design work so well.”

Original Big League Chew mascot pencil rough courtesy Bill Mayer.

Mayer, cont: “This was way before computers so all of this production work was put together by hand with Typositor type from a type shop.   The whole process went fairly quickly.  I gave them several options for the main character.  This was before e-mails too so the process of approvals was done over “Quip” fax machines that could send an image to another part of the country in a matter of seven minutes (I’m saying this completely tongue in cheek…).  The color art was Federal Expressed up to the NHS in Chicago.   And that’s how it got from me, to becoming the face of the package.”

Assorted "Original" packs. From the 80's through the 90's.

Mayer, cont: “After the success of the sales for the first year, we did a bunch of other characters.  We even did a Popeye version of shredded green gum, to look like spinach.”

Amurol Popeye shredded bubble gum pouch

Additional Big League Chew sketches courtesy Bill Mayer

Mayer, cont: “You could really have some fun with packaging back then, in ways you can’t have anymore.  Do you remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers win a continent contest?”

[Editor’s note:  I do remember that, Bill, and here it is.]

Screaming Yellow Zonkers - Win a Continent promotion box - early 1970's

Mayer, cont: “I was coaching my son Jason in little league back then.  I was kind of a folk hero with all those kids at the ballpark for doing Big League Chew – they all thought it was great.”

Bill Mayer on Safari in Times Square, New York City. Photo courtesy Bill Mayer


The Promotions

As owners of the license, Bouton and Nelson retained the right of approval over marketing and promotions, and in most cases, this was a smooth process.  Bouton did recall one near-misfire for an early ad campaign:

“They had the gum being invented in the basement by a mad professor, and everything exploded, and shredded gum came into being.  My response was, ‘What?  You’ve got two professional ball players, and this was invented IN A BULLPEN!'”

Every promotion had to be approved and inevitably, they were tied to sports, or to the brand itself.

1982's $100,00 Grand Slam Sweepstakes promo - magazine ad

Various on-pack 1980's promotions.

1993's Personalized bat promotion

1994's Free Ring promotion ad. Courtesy of Wrigley.


Shredded Pouch Bubble Gum without peer.

On the topic of other shredded gums, it seems that everyone agreed, finally, that Big League Chew was the magic formula, and that nothing else quite “got it”.  But it wasn’t for lack of Amurol, and others, trying.

Bouton:  “They tried Popeye shredded gum, Buckaroo Chew, and others.”

Bouton recalled a “racing car chew”.  But nothing could ever grab kids like Big League Chew.

Bouton:  “They even tried Michael Jordan’s Hang-Time shredded gum, but that didn’t succeed, even in Chicago.  That’s what convinced Amurol that it was a baseball product, and not anything else.”

Amurol's Buckaroo Chew pack - circa 1981

Nelson recalled much of the same:

Nelson: “Buckaroo Chew wasn’t bad, sort of like Juicy-Fruit meets Big League Chew.   They even tried Hang Time with Michael Jordan, but none of those worked.”

Nelson cont: “It wasn’t a surprise that others followed, but it was a surprise that nothing else ever sold very well.  None of them came close to Big League Chew.”

Amurol's Hang Time bubble gum - featuring Michael Jordan

Assorted pouch bubble gum (and one sunflower seeds) packaging - 1980's-1990's

As the 1980’s progressed, Big League Chew became a candy isle staple – kids loved it, and pouch bubble gum became a significant new confectionery niche.   Eventually the fad would die down, but Big League Chew would remain – it had that magical combination.



Nelson did recall one direct tie-in to Big League Chew, ” For maybe two years there was a chocolate bar called Big League Plug, put out by Amurol.  It used our Big League Chew characters and our logo, but it didn’t stick.”

Big League Plug sales sheet. Image courtesy Wrigley.

Rob explained that he felt you should “Stick to who brought you to the dance.”   So while some brands would typically cross over into other genres of confection, Big League Chew stuck to shredded bubble gum sold in a pouch – it was what proved to be as close to a sure thing as you could get.  But even within that description, there were some flavor extensions and experiments that were tried.


Big League Evolution

Over the years, there were flavor extensions and new characters added to the Big League Chew family, but most of that was done in-house, leaving Bouton and Nelson to enjoy what came next.  Nelson recalled one flavor he really missed, “I think my favorite ‘other’ flavor they did was Cherry Cola – that was great!”

Cherry Cola pack - late 80's

In the mid 1980’s other sports characters would be added to Big League Chew packages, as new flavor extensions were introduced, and as the marketing department sought to expand the reach of the brand.  Rob recalled wondering why Big League Chew couldn’t be seasonal with baseball, so that it could seem special when it returned,

“But I quickly learned about things like shelf-space, and if you give it up, it can be impossible to get it back.  So they had to find ways to keep it relevant all-year-round, which is why they added the other sports.”

While other sports were brought in, baseball remained the focus.

Examples of duo-sport packaging - circa 1980's

Flaming Hot and Sparks - two of the more exotic extensions from the late 80's - early 90's

A few other discontinued flavors.



By the 1990’s, the Bill Mayer illustrated pouches had been around for what was considered a long time in the candy business and “they needed updating.”  The characters became more slick, the packaging was changed to foil, and for a time, real-life Hall-of-Famers replaced the pouches’ hallmark illustrated characters.

Various foil Big League Chew pouches

Gary Rose, a senior designer at Wrigley during the 1990’s and 2000’s, was tasked with helping give Big League Chew a new look.

Gary was clear about the classic packaging he was tasked to refresh,

“At the time, I was a senior designer; responsible for concept renderings, new product packaging, and illustrations.  Bill Mayer was and still is a very relevant artist.  The concept of shredded gum in combination with the artistic stylings of Bill Mayer was a huge part of millions of childhood memories, and a huge part of what made Big League Chew a success.   The packaging refresh was based on bringing new news to the brand and having something for the sales team to work with. The concept revolved around making the BLC brand more about baseball and less about characters.”

The flavor and package assortment as it was in late 2010.

Gary had one piece of trivia he wanted to convey on his time with the brand,

“At some point in time (2001-2008) there was a piece in the news that reported George W. Bush chewing BLC. Go figure?  Amurol jumped on the chance to send the President a case of product with his likeness on the pack.  It was Grape flavor, I believe.  If I come across that artwork, I will send it to you for a laugh.”

Unfortunately, Gary has not turned up that piece of artwork yet.  But if he does, we’ll report it here.

Though we can’t show you the Presidential Big League Chew, I was able to find the graphics for a pair of packages that were specially produced for sports commentators, Mike and Mike:

Mike and Mike Big League Chew package graphics - Early 2000's. Image courtesy Wrigley.


Old Friends and an American Original

About a decade ago, Rob Nelson bought out Jim Bouton’s stake in Big League Chew, yet they still share the trademark.  Bouton retains rights to the “Big League” brand and characters for licensing out to other products, while Nelson hold all the rights to the brand’s bubble gum side.   The division, I am told, was organic and friendly.

At the end of 2010, another dramatic change occurred, when Wrigley gave up the Big League Chew license, leaving Nelson to pursue an agreement with Ford Gum to be the gum’s new producer and distributor.  I asked Nelson about the transition.

“The last years at Wrigley I was working with Paul Chibe and his assistant Lucas Erickson — they were my go-to guys.  Even when Wrigley decided they wanted to put their resources elsewhere, they were so good to me, and to the brand.”

Nelson learned that Wrigley had 180,000 pouches of Big League Chew in stock, at the end of their contract.  He decided he would buy the gum and ship it to US soldiers overseas.   “But Wrigley took care of it all themselves, they sent all that bubble gum over to our soldiers.”

Nelson recognizes a behind-the-scenes player who had so much to do with helping Big League Chew and it’s continued success, Bob Anderson.  “Bob is the guy who got things done later on.  He was the Colonel Tom Parker of this thing.”  Bob Anderson also had a hand in the birth of Willy Wonka’s Nerds candy, but that’s a story for another time.

I asked Nelson if he knew why Big League Chew struck a chord:

“It’s one of those things that, when people saw it, they saw that it was really original.   It’s something about the packaging, the gum and the name – it’s the perfect combination. “


Looking Forward With Ford Gum

Just over a year ago, Ford Gum took over Big League Chew.  Bringing production back to the United States, they’ve already made moves to delight collectors like myself, releasing limited-edition holiday packaging.   It’s a bold, exciting time for the Big League Chew, and will be enjoying all that future of the brand has to offer.

Ford Gum's special Holiday Edition packages for 2011


Special Thanks to Big League Chew creator Rob Nelson, who was so much help in bringing this feature together.  Also thanks to Jim Bouton and Bill Mayer, for sharing their perspective of how Big League Chew first came to be.

Also thanks to: Rocco Pawlowski and Bob Anderson of Wrigley, David Plotnick of Ford Gum, Gary Rose for providing images I couldn’t find anywhere else.  Todd Franklin of for his “ring offer” pouch scans, and finally to Dan Goodsell for kicking off my Big League Chew collection, and all my fellow collectors and candy enthusiasts, for constant inspiration.

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s My Google Profile+
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42 Responses to Big League Chew – Retrospective of an American Original

  1. Brandon says:

    This such a thoughtful and comprehensive post on BLC history. Very well done!

    Congratulations on launching the new site. With your passion and knowledge, there’s no doubt that this site will become an authoritative resource on candy matters.

  2. Bart Laube says:


    this is a great, in depth awesome resource, I am glad I found it!

  3. Todd says:

    Amazing! Such a great post on the history of Big League Chew. Thanks for putting this together and congrats on the new site!

  4. rusVan says:

    This is amazing!! I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Thank you so much Jason!!! What a resource!! Your pictures and layout are beautiful and bring class to our hobby. You’re my hero!!!

  5. Mike Mongo says:

    Brilliant! This is what the internet is made for. Thank YOU for taking the time to amass and share such an amazing story. I’m going to buy some Big League Chew tonight at the corner store here in Key West—I see it all the time but being an “adult” it hadn’t registered for decades!

  6. BubbaShelby says:

    I remember stuffing my face with Big League Chew on many an occasion when I was a kid, but I recall loving the Popeye ‘spinach’ gum in particular since I was (and still am) more of a cartoon geek and not much of a baseball fan.

  7. Glen says:

    Way to go with the great new site Jason! Looking forward to checkin’ back here often.

  8. Shawn Robare says:

    Holy Crap Jason! So glad to see you put this site together.

  9. I would love a retrospective my favorite long-lost candy: WACKY WAFERS.

  10. Glad I dropped by the Flickr site today — the new site’s a terrific idea! Just shared on Facebook and Twitter. Bookmarked!

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  12. azog says:

    I came across this via Neatorama. I had to pause and think to try to remember when I used to chew this stuff myself. Chances are I was chewing this in the summer of 1980, just when it was introduced. If I remember better, I seem to recall that it was actually one of the more tasty gums available.

  13. JR says:

    Amazing and thorough story; I loved it. I remember enjoying BLC as a kid and coincidently “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton is the first real book I remember reading.

  14. Will says:

    A fantastic piece. First time visitor to the site. Thanks for putting in the time and effort and professionalism. Big League Chew really is an American staple. I’m surprised to hear Wrigley let the brand slide home elsewhere.

    In my opinion, this is a candy and gum that actually transcended “junk food” and got kids thinking about illustration and sports in new ways. I remember seeing the gum in stores as a kid and it’d actually pump me up for little league games and practice. Something about the gum as a burst of energy, an endless source of kapow when I was out in left field awaiting a pop fly. And unlike candy cigarettes, which were popular at the time, Big League Chew seemed to work against dipping and tobacco more than it played into romanticizing it. Major League’rs used BLC. And coaches and parents. There was a freedom, “responsibility” is probably a stretch, in choosing how big a wad you picked from the pouch. You owned that pouch.

    I think that a lot of gum’s charm has to do with Mayer’s art. The article did a great job expressing that and getting Mayer’s viewpoint. I’d like to hear about Mayer’s influences in art and comedy at the time he created the sausage-nosed character. The character had a somewhat dark, daunting demeanor–an obsessive commitment to the game in the beady eyes and that no-nonsense expression. Something about it reminded me of the charm of EC Horror Comics. The art and packaging really separated BLC from the rest, separated the men from the boys. I’d imagine BLC skewed male in total sales more than most candy and gum. It probably didn’t translate to basketball and hockey because all of the motion involved in those sports. Baseball is more about patience and being outdoors.

    Anyhow, thanks to the author and to the creators for sharing this history. I know many of us get a smile on our face thinking about their product. Like baseball, it reminds us of a simple, populist time and the best parts of America, with a little entrepreneurial hustle to boot.

  15. Hey, Jason, this site is off to a great start. You did such a thorough and entertaining study of this subject, which has been somewhat ignored over the years. Looking forward to seeing what you and your site have in store.

  16. Steve says:

    Thanks for this story. It brought back some great childhood memories!

  17. Michael Brennan says:

    I can attest to the sweet smell of bubble gum growing up in Naperville. In grade school we would participate in products sampling. Anyone remember bubble paste?

  18. kjtoys says:

    congrats on the new site, its awesome! and i loved this BLC article, makes me want to run to the store and chew up a whole pack!

  19. Sarah says:


  20. Chris Gleason says:

    Nice job on the Big League Chew story. I always loved it when I was a kid. Might have to pick up some. Look forward to more stories!

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  22. Josie says:

    Website is terrific. The story on Big League Chew is amazing. Thanks for the history. Look forward to more.

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  24. Jenni says:

    I won one of the promotional t-shirts. I wish I still had it. It was the first and only thing that I ever won. I spent the rest of that summer entering any and every contest sweepstake I could find.

  25. Thanks for the fantastic history report – the future is going to be even more exciting!!!

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  28. Curtis Wooten says:

    As a 80’s kid I loved this bubble gum growing up. Now I have a son of my own in little league, and the gum is still here. One thing this country has not changed a good sport and a great CHEW.

  29. mike says:

    Great story. Thanks for researching it..
    What would one expect to pay for vintage unopened packages from 1980-1988 with Mayer art? Looked at auction sites and nothing popped up.

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  31. Jen Callaghan says:

    You have a new fan! Just came to your site after reading a story in The Buffalo News about our R-NY Representative Chris Collins giving fellow Congress-Persons a gift of Big League Chew along with his Birthday Greetings to them. Just another way the product is being used to foster connections with a healthy and fun activity!

    After Googling “Big League Chew” I have come to appreciate how this little product is doing it’s part to better our world! Thanks!

  32. Paul Maki says:

    I remember the Plug. “Wretched” goes a bit too far, but is the first word that comes to mind.

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  34. Max West says:

    Thanks for sharing. I never had Big League Chew myself, but I loved those commercials. On a technical level, I appreciate the artwork done for the packaging (I’m an illustrator too). So Bill Mayer did that in pencils and watercolor…I should have guessed.

  35. Dan Poelman says:

    I just saw a documentary on the Portland Mavericks called The Battered Bastards of Baseball on Netflix. Wow what an amazing story and led me to here – another great story!

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  38. Nancy Mcdonald says:

    Been intetested in the history of candy since I stumbled upon the book The Emperors of Chocolate years ago. This blog post was similarly entertaining and informative. Great job. Look forward to reading your other posts.

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  41. Glenn C. says:

    don’t know if it’s springtime or what, but I always feel like playing baseball, and recently had a hankering for some Big League Chew… came online to see if they had a blueberry flavor and stumbled on this wonderful piece on the history, art, and business of a product I occasionally had the chance to enjoy as a kid 😀 … so glad I came here to read it… I love the classic original pouch art by Bill Mayer the best

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