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West Bend native forever known as Duke from 'Major League'
WEST BEND - He was born and raised in West Bend and he pitched for the Brewers in the late 1970s. But Willie Mueller is likely most known for wearing a Yankees uniform in the cult classic film, Major League.
"I get more notoriety for being the 'Duke', than for playing 11 years of professional baseball," Mueller laughed.
In the movie's final scene, the Yankee's closer gives up the winning run.
"(Filming) was a great," Mueller said. "I met Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger. It was a good time."
Mueller was a prep star at West Bend West High School and realized a boyhood dream when he was called up to the big leagues to pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers.
"It was something special," he said. "You always dream about playing for your home team."
Mueller's stay in the big leagues was short. He was only called up twice.
"As a young ballplayer you get mad at people because they don't call you up," he explained. "As I got older, I realized I did alright. I got to go the Major Leagues."
Mueller now coaches baseball while also working for the West Bend Parks and Recreation Department.
"West Bend is full down-to-earth people who work hard and play hard."