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The inside story behind ‘Bull Durham’: ‘Fights, lies, clashing egos and bloodshed’

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The Charlotte Observer

DURHAM, N.C. — In his new book “The Church of Baseball,” Ron Shelton recalls “Bull Durham” triumphing over a thousand doubters — how his story of sad-sack minor-leaguers put lollygagging in the national vocabulary, introduced candlesticks as a go-to wedding gift and prevailed as perhaps the world’s greatest sports movie. In his tell-nearly-all memoir, Shelton describes himself as a first-time director only one failure away from painting houses, a screenwriter given the greenlight on a half-formed idea he first called “A Player to be Named Later.” He based his story of love, loss and lava lizar…

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