7. The company crushed in its first year
It was 1980, it did $18 million in sales. The following year in 1981, the Wrigley family, the original manufacturers of Big League Chew, sold the Cubs for $22 million. Rob Nelson remembers calling his dad and saying, "Dad! The Wrigley family just replaced the Chicago Cubs with Big League Chew!" To date Big League Chew has sold over 800 million packages worldwide and counting.
8. The first batch was made in a 15-year-old's kitchen
Todd Field first attended Nelson's baseball camp in Portland and soon after became the Mavericks' batboy. Nelson didn't have a kitchen of his own, so he employed Field’s kitchen to test out his concept. Nelson also happened to be dating Field's older sister at the time. Todd Field has since gone on to become an actor and three-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. Chew on that.
9. It's homegrown
After a detour to Mexico thanks to Wrigley's, Big League Chew is once again made in the USA. As of 2010, Ford Gum & Machine Co. proudly shreds and packs Big League Chew in Akron, New York. It uses the same machines that were used to produce the gum over 35 years ago, so each chew is just like the first.