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Third Base Coach

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boomer wrote:

Sal Maglie appearing again on What's My Line on October 7, 1956 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuy0CbPp7vw  This time, he was a pitcher for Brooklyn.

What's significant about this is that the next day Maglie was scheduled to (and did) face off against Don Larsen in game five of the World Series.  What happened is, I'm sure, an easy guess for the folks at this site.  

It's interesting to see the panel wishing Maglie the best of luck in his outing for the Dodgers not knowing what would transpire.  Maglie did, as a matter of fact, pitch quite well, but there wasn't a lot any opposing pitcher could have done that day to notch a win.


 What a great show to catch knowing what would transpire.  Had to be a lot of fun to watch.



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It was. It happens a lot in a variety of contexts. They had a pilot of Suez Canal ships, who quit his job after the canal was seized by the Egyptians (i.e., the so-called Suez Crisis). Further conflict was still to come (as of mid-October 1956). The world certainly was in a state of flux then. I'm sure the panelists would have liked to have known that there would not be a nuclear war in their lifetimes, which I suspect weighed heavily on everyone's mind back then.

Don Larsen did not appear on the following week's show. However, they did have Charlie Robertson as a guest. He was the last to have thrown a perfect game (34 years earlier in 1922). They did not attempt to disguise this fact (Bennett Cerf knew who he was). The panel's task was to figure out what he did then (in 1956).

It's also odd to see guests such as Jayne Mansfield and Ernie Kovacs who would reach untimely (and, in their cases, violent) ends, or celebrity couples who would be divorced in a few years or less.



-- Edited by boomer on Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:37:54 AM

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The What's My Line show I watched this morning was from November 9, 1958.  I think it provided an example of the relative popularity of baseball and football at the time.  Baseball players were occasional guests on the show, though always as a "mystery guest" whose name and appearance were not known to the panelists during questioning.  On this particular show, the fourth guest - included after the mystery guest and only if there was sufficient time (and even then typically limited to a minute or two of questions) - was Raymond Berry, who was in his fourth year of what would be a Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Colts.  Neither his name or appearance was hidden, though he was wearing glasses (and, of course, football players wear helmets on the field).  He had just played a game against the Giants.  Though Bennett Cerf, who likely read the afternoon/evening papers (including the sports section), figured out who Berry was, it's interesting that he incorrectly pronounced Johnny Unitas' name (who also was in the fourth year of his Hall of Fame career)  He pronounced it "You-Nih-Tahs".

I have a book I started (and need to get going again with) called Pigskin, which traces the popularity of NFL Football - and the beginning of the sport's ascendency to its eventual status as the number one spectator sport - to the 1958 NFL Championship Game (coincidentally, also between the Giants and Colts).

If you are interested in the short segment, it starts at the 18:30 mark



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