Classic TV Friday: March 2008 Archives

Home Run Derby: Mantle Vs. Mays- 1959

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ESPN played repeats of this show in the late 80s and early 90s. It was one of my very favorites when I was a kid, and just recently I found the DVDs and got them for my dad. Exceptional stuff. Here it's The Say Hey Kid against The Mick with host Mark Scott. I always loved the interactions between Scott and the players.

Part One

Part Two

Have a good weekend, everybody. I'll be back with you on Monday, but Rob is going to be at Yankee Stadium for opening day. His boys take on Toronto for the opener at 1:05.

Get some rest. When you wake up Monday morning baseball will be here.

In which Bennett Cerf, Debbie Reynolds, and two people I don't know try to figure out the identities of Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider and Giants pitcher Sal Maglie.

One observation: note the raucous laughter after the idea of a baseball team playing in Queens is ideated. Queens, indeed! Also, both these guys played for the Dodgers and Giants at some point in their careers. Maglie eventually ended up a Yankee and Snider played one year for the Mets.

Have a nice weekend, y'all!

(once again, a Coke to the Classic Television Showbiz Blog)

In which a blindfolded Steve Allen tries to guess Roy Campanella's identity from the sound of his deep voice. Yes, that is the concept behind the classic TV show "What's My Line".

A few observations:

  • Check out the wicked part in host John Charles Daly's hair. It looks like he's got a line of grout in there.
  • Roy Campanella was the NL MVP that year: 41 homers and 141 RBI as a catcher. He was MVP in '51 and '55, was crosstown rival and fellow catcher Yogi Berra. Mike Piazza eats goat poop compared to these two.
  • I keep waiting for the lady to ask whether he's a Negro or not. You have to know this is going through her mind.

Have a nice weekend, all 63 of you!

(we owe a Coke to the Classic Television Showbiz blog)