Ah, the good old country comfort of Classic TV Friday. A lazy baseball blogger's best friend. It's one of the few features (only feature?) that has remained constant throughout the three-year history of our human condition blogging. After all, what could be easier than popping open YouTube, typing "old timey cigarette commercial with charming milquetoast baseball star" into the search field, and clicking the "FIND ME SOME DAMN CONTENT, MR. YOUTUBE" button?
What could be easier? A Classic TV clip show! Here are five of my favoritest Classic TV posts from the archives, in no particular order:
Come See What's Brewin', August 22, 2008:
I maintain that the Mark Attanasio-era Brewers are the most fan-friendly franchise in baseball (just look at their amazing prize raffle!) but watching this old promo video from the 70's makes me think that folks in Milwaukee can ignore their awful team and just have a good time; the team simply knows how to make money off that by encouraging tailgating and in-stadium fun.
Future HOFer Roberto Alomar Implores You to Catch De Taste, December 4, 2009:
If our newest hall-of-famer Robbie Alomar were to make a commercial today imploring us to catch something, I'm sure we'd all feel pretty uncomfortable. This is one of those commercials that's legendary north of the border but possibly never aired in the US. It's the Tim Hortons of baseball-played-endorsed-punch commercials.
Buy a Chevy and Steve Garvey Will Knock You Up in the Backseat, August 21, 2009:
Sigh, the lengths Steve Garvey had to go to so he could pay off all his child support lawsuits. More than anything, I just liked the clever headline on this post.
Mickey Mantle Switches To Natural Light- 1980, May 23, 2008:
It really is sad that Mickey Mantle is playing a pinball game whose ultimate goal is to "beat Roger Maris' record 61 home runs". Also sad: Mickey Mantle in a beer commercial. Also sad: that one commenter who admitted that he still buys Natty Light. Saddest of all: that shirt-vest combination Mickey Mantle is wearing makes him look like a lesbian cowboy.
Whitey Ford and Salvador Dali for Braniff Airlines, March 19, 2010
I still cannot possibly imagine why these ad wizards decided to pair Whitey Ford and Salvador Dali in a commercial but the end result really was bizarrely genius.