Laurel man gets triple play in movie

April 15, 1994|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,Sun Staff Writer

Forget the bad reviews. And don't go to see the movie just because part of it was filmed at Baltimore's beloved Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Laurel resident William C. Vaughan wants you to watch "Major League II" for another reason -- because he's in it. Not just once, but three times as a fan.

"It's been unbearable," Pamela Vaughan said of her husband's loud enthusiasm for his screen debut. "We have to sit in the back of the theater so when those little yells come out we don't disturb anybody."

In October, Mr. Vaughan used three weeks of annual leave from work at the Kensington fire station in Montgomery County to capture a paid extra's spot in the movie and also to photograph the stars, which is a hobby of his.

He took photographs of actor Charlie Sheen, who played pitcher Rick Vaughn, and traded them to the movie star for two autographed jerseys and a jacket that the actor wore in the movie.

Mr. Vaughan's roles by no means eclipse Charlie Sheen's. But the 47-year-old firefighter relishes in his brief moments of fame.

On screen, he's the fan clapping behind the umpire when the Cleveland Indian's catcher, chasing a fly ball, falls over a fence.

And he's the fan who holds the baseball glove and nearly catches the Cleveland Indian home run that sent the team to the playoffs. But the fan next to him got it.

Both of those scenes were filmed at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

In his final shot, Mr. Vaughan sits in the first seat to the left of the double doors behind home plate at Camden Yards. In this scene, the coaches for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox exchange lineups for the first playoff game.

Mr. Vaughan even sat in the press box as an announcer, although he never said anything and was never shown in the movie in that role.

Some of Mr. Vaughan's prized memorabilia from his time on the set already have taken a place of honor among his baseball jerseys and bats and the photograph collection in his Laurel home.

That collection includes slides of Elvis Presley, which Mr. Vaughan took when the King appeared at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House in the early 1970s. That was when he got his first camera and fell in love with photography.

He later photographed Muhammad Ali when he appeared at the Capital Centre (now USAir Arena) against Jimmy Young on April 30, 1976.

Now, poster-size photographs of Charlie Sheen, as well as baseball cards that Mr. Vaughan made from those pictures, join his collection.

"I found it to be entertaining," Mr. Vaughan said. "I definitely would do it over again. I don't think my wife would want me to do it over again, though."

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