Joe D and Teddy Ballgame Gladhand the All Star Game - 1991

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This week's Classic TV post features baseball legends Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams' introduction to the crowd and the both national anthems prior to the 1991 All Star game in Toronto. The duo make a grand entrance to the polite applause of 50 000 Canadians trying to determine which one is Maurice Richard and which one is Bobby Hull.

Bask in the glory of early 90s Canadian fashion, Jean Valjean performing the Star Spangled Banner in front of former President George H.W. Bush and his lantern jawed Canadian counterpart Brian "The Jet" Mulroney. Witness Canadian one-hit wonder Alannah Myles belting out O Canada while a still-cool Skydome struggles to encompass her hair.

The 1991 All Star roster features such luminaries as Danny Tartabull (pre-Seinfeld fame), Ivan Calderon (pre-disturbing gangland assassination), Bryan Harvey (pre-me forgetting who he was), and Wade Boggs (likely post-enough beer to fell a moose).

Canadian Cokes for Dave at Go Jays Go. He's got links to 5 more '91 All Star videos, including Tony LaRussa being booed by the Toronto fans and a neat interview with Williams and DiMaggio .


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Is there a greater word in the English language than "gladhand"? I say no.

Jeez, Lou Piniella looks downright un-slovenly in that video.

That is one substantive mantle of flowing locks.

Is Canadia out of the reach of MLBAM's thorny clutches? Because every time I've tried to post baseball stuff to YouTube, I've gotten nasty emails and death threats.

From Wikipedia: "In September 2005 it was reported in The New York Post that Tartabull was being sued by Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida and his wife Chantal Kreviazuk for not paying for the house he agreed to buy from them. In essence, the couple are calling Tartabull a squatter.[citation needed]"

Pentagrams in the Outfield.
Nice touch, Canadian Wiccans.

How unexpected... Alannah Myles Wikipedia page is also boring as hell.

dmac, chantal had to rent out the house as she was: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7RLcq4Kn3Y

I am being 100% honest when I say that, as soon as I saw mention of Alannah Myles, I expected a story from Wahoo about a tequila-soaked weekend with the Canadian singer, and an insider's explanation of why she never had another hit.

Ah, 1991. Back when the Skydome was the future of baseball.

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