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Invented in the 1980s be major league baseball players Jim Bouton and Rob Nelson, Big League Chew was created as an alternative to tobacco, which baseball players used to chew back in the old days. The very first batch of these shredded chewing gums were actually handmade by Bouton himself - on a frying pan, in his very own kitchen.
Back then, gum companies were quite hesitant with the idea of manufacturing and marketing shredded chewing gum in foil packs, but they surprisingly sold well the first time they came out in the market. And for over thirty years, this brand remains the most popular chewing gum among baseball players and major league die-hards. It's like, part and parcel of baseball itself!