Charlie Sheen Turns 50 — Here Are His Five Greatest Sports Moments
Against all advice and expectation, Charlie Sheen turned 50 years old today. I was not invited to the party, but I'll wager that there's food on the walls and something is on fire.
And I'm giving a gift anyway. Here are five of the greatest Charlie Sheen sports moments, ranked by amount of Tiger Blood.
1. Charlie Sheen Vs. Michael Jordan
In 1987 there was a show called War of the Stars, and in this episode Martin and Charlie Sheen take on Michael Jordan in a series of pointless basketball competitions. It was the same year that Charlie made Wall Street, at age 22. It was also eight years after Martin Sheen had his first heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now, so you know who I'm betting on.
2. Major League
As pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, Sheen created one of film's most iconic characters as the rookie pitcher who had an incredible fastball, but no control. Was there ever a more apt description of him in real life?
3. Talks Drug Use With UCLA Baseball Team
Invited to take batting practice with the UCLA baseball team, Sheen joined Coco Crisp, Eric Davis, Brandon Watson and Milton Bradley to take a few hacks. Sheen showed up with his own bat and went deep several times. Afterwards, Bruins coach John Savage asked Charlie to talk to his team about drug use. Why not learn from experience? Asking Tim Tebow would be pointless.
4. Signs $400,000 Worth Of Sports Memorabilia
In April 2011, Sheen had an autograph session with SportsMemorabilia.com in New York, and signed a truckload of photos and other items from Major League, Major League II, Eight Men Out, and whatever else the people hauled in.
5. Violent Torpedo Of Truth Show Debacle
In 2011 Sheen attempted to capitalize on his newfound catchphrase popularity after being dumped from his TV series Two-And-A-Half Men. So he created a one-man show and toured the country, wearing a variety of MLB hats and jerseys in each city. During the show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, he was heckled so fiercely that he tried to calm the crowd by rolling up his sleeve and showing them his New York Yankees tattoo. It didn't work.
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