Classic TV Friday: November 2009 Archives

Former MLB star reliever and emo kid Eric Gagne, who spent the summer leading the Quebec Capitales to the Can-Am League title with his 6-6 record and 4.65 ERA, wants to let you know that he'd like to bring baseball back in Montreal despite his lack of business prowess.

At a charity event in Quebec City, Gagne was asked if he would lead an investment team to help Montreal get a professional baseball team. His response:

His response, translated from his native French-Canadian tongue:

"I know baseball but I'm not a businessman and there are other things involved that I don't want to deal with. I know how to lead a good team. I know there's a lot of people and potential in Montreal but can't say much more than that. I'd need to know more about the business side of things...but yes I would be interested."

Ask folks in Boston if Eric Gagne "knows baseball" and "knows how to lead a good team" and you'll get a wildly different reaction than Gagne's own opinion.

Your Classic TV post for today features the Joe McCarthy era Yankees of Joe DiMaggio, Lefty Gomez, and Tommy Heinrich going up against the Casey Stengel era Yankees of Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, and Billy Martin in this episode of Sports Challenge from 1972.

Dick Enberg hosted Sports Challenge, a pretty straight-forward question-and-answer team quiz show. They show a clip of a sporting event, then ask a question about it. Besides Enberg, the only surviving person from this clip is Henrich, the fifth oldest former MLB player and the only surviving member of the 1938 World Champion Yankees.

I think the most impressive thing about this clip is that the distance to the gap in left center at Old Yankee Stadium used to be a whopping 402 feet . No wonder the right-handed DiMaggio never made it to 400 homers.

Head on over to Kliph Nesteroff's Classic Television Showbiz blog to see the rest of the episode, including a special mystery guest at the end that neither team can identify.