Portland: Birthplace of Big League Chew

Rob Nelson invented the shredded gum while playing for the Portland Mavericks 35 years ago

Former Portland Mavericks player Rob Nelson invented Big League Chew 35 years ago in Portland. April 23, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Former Portland Mavericks player Rob Nelson invented Big League Chew 35 years ago in Portland. April 23, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Last year, the Portland Mavericks were celebrated in the documentary, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball.”

They were mavericks in the true sense. Now, former Mavericks player Rob Nelson is talking about how he invented Big League Chew, the gum that comes in a pouch.

Nelson watched his teammates chew tobacco, but he didn’t like to do it himself.

“I’ve had an idea for some time,” Nelson said he told his teammates. “Suppose we shredded bubble gum? Then we could stuff it in our mouths and look like tough guys and not get ill. And we could blow some seriously cool bubbles.”

The rest is history. Big League Chew is celebrating its 35th anniversary of providing seriously cool bubbles.

Watch the full report on KOIN 6 News on CBS Saturday Morning.

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