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Nostalgia “What’s My Line” October 1964

Today another look back at an episode of the tremendous television show, “What’s My Line.”

This recollection is about a show that aired on October 25, 1964.

James Garner was the mystery guest.

The Panelists were Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, performing on Broadway at the time, and Bennett Cerf.

John Charles Daly, introduced beautifully by Mr. Cerf, is the host.

Enjoy!

The trivia: On that October 25, 1964 date, the eventual NFL champion Cleveland Browns won (42-20) at their Municipal Stadium home vs the New York Giants.

Within a year of what still is the last Cleveland football title, filming began on another great Billy Wilder film, “The Fortune Game” in and around the Cleveland Browns and their Municipal Stadium home.

Jack Lemmon starred along with Walter Matthau. Both Mr. Lemmon and panelist Tony Randall were fantastic as “Felix Unger” in different versions of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”

I told you it was a “stretch,” bit it is nice to remember.

“Home Network” Super Bowl Telecast Notes

The victory by the AFC representative, New England Patriots in a Super Bowl telecast on the AFC network, (CBS), pushed the home network teams, over the sixty percent win mark (25-16).

Home network conference teams have the following records in the 41 such games. Keep in mind, 11 Super Bowls were on the “neutral” network, first ABC and now NBC. Additionally the first Super Bowl, called the AFL/NFL Championship game, was telecast on both affiliated networks.

In this incarnation as the AFC network, CBS has telecast 7 Supes , occurring every 3 years starting with the 2000 season, with the AFC team winning 6 of 7 (the lone loss being the Saints win vs the Colts in ’09).

Once the NFC and before that the NFL, “home” network, CBS teams were (7-5) in their Supe telecasts. This includes Green Bay winning the first such telecast as the “home” network NFL team, in the second NFL vs AFL game.

Moving up the television “dial”,  NBC as an AFL/AFC network is next. Its “home” network teams were (8-6), having started (7-0) with the first win by the AFL/home network, New York Jets, with Matt Snell scoring their lone touchdown, in the third AFL vs NFL championship tilt.

Fox is next, its NFC “package-home teams” are (4-4) in their Super Bowl telecasts.

Add it up and it is (25-16). That is over 60 percent.

 

Max McGee, supposedly after a night of much fun, stood out and scored the first ever “Supe” touchdown, in the dual telecast as CBS/NFL and NBC/AFL were both “on hand,” beaming the exploits of Max’s great “hands.”

Regarding Cy Young’s 500th Win and Previewing Notes On Gabby Street

While researching information on Cy Young’s 500th victory on July 19, 1910, I noticed the opposing catcher was Gabby Street.

Young was with the Cleveland franchise, now the Indians, pitching vs the Washington franchise, now the Minnesota Twins, when he notched a victory that in all probability will never, ever (tribute to Johnny Evers) be matched.

Street was involved in some great baseball history in later years.

In a future post, I will cite some of that history.

 

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I am truly enjoying Mr. Browning’s book about Cy Young.

 

 

 

 

 

More, Regarding Frank Robinson: A Game Ending Home Run

In searching, I found two previous, relatively recent posts in which the great Frank Robinson was cited. I will put links to each post below.

I have a great personal memory of asking my friend Brad Weiner, to tune his “big radio,” which, I believe was short wave, to tune in WBAL in Baltimore to hear how the Orioles were faring vs the Oakland A’s.

“Oak,” where Frank grew up and was a basketball teammate of major North American sports league’s greatest winner, Bill Russell, led in the bottom of the ninth with Frank batting against, a soon to be great, Rollie Fingers.

The year is 1971 and Frank hit it out, a game ending home run and I was happy, having heard it on Brad’s radio.

Click below, as Frank Robinson is referenced in two previous posts.

Memories And Comments Of AN August 1965 … – andybsports.com

Boston Celtics’ Notes | Andy B Sports

 

b9 0-2 0 12- RRR BAL Frank Robinson Rollie Fingers 70% 100% Home Run; Buford

Baseball Reference above, it was a none out, three run home run that transformed a (2-0) A’s lead into an Orioles victory.

 

 

 

 

 

18/Chai–Great Success/Mazel, Pats And Other Team Notes

Some notes on eighteen, even chai, years of incredible success/mazel for the Robert Kraft owned, New England Patriots.

Of course choosing eighteen helps frame the greatness, however, consider 6 titles, 9 final game appearances and a (13-2) record in division round games (12-1) at home.

In future posts I will compare this eighteen year span of New England greatness (2001-2018), with that of the San Francisco 49ers also during an eighteen year period of time (1981-1998).

I do believe in football annals, only the Cleveland Browns who did it within 16 seasons, (1950-1965) made as many as nine final game appearances, other than the Patriots.

A notable near miss by a team that sustained greatness was that of the Chicago Bears. The team made eight of the first fourteen NFL title games (1933-1946) but no other until their quarterback, Bill Wade scored on two short sneak plays, in their 1963 title game win.

 

 

 

 

Here’s To You, Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson, truly a baseball player and figure worthy of a select pantheon of greatness, died yesterday, at the age of 83.

His playing career (the only player to be voted most valuable in both the National and American Leagues, essentially the best player on five pennant and two World Series winning teams and so much more) and his pioneering effort, as baseball’s first black manager are well documented, as the great, historic achievements they are.

I can and eventually will add so much more as Frank was one of my favorite and one of the greatest players of not only his GREAT (less players, ALL players, more intensity, fundamentals and so on) era, but any in baseball’s long history.

Today, a recollection of one game, a big one, #6 of the ’71 World Series, eventually won by the Roberto Clemente/Steve Blass led Pirates, vs Frank’s Baltimore Orioles (Frank was on 4 O’s pennant winners and 2 World Series winners. His other pennant was won as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.)

That game seems so “near” in my mind, maybe because on this couch sat Jack Locker, an American League fan and a contemporary of my father, an N.L. rooter.

Unlike kids today, I at least greeted company and with Jack especially and regarding sports, it was fun. That night Jack, Dad, and 15 year old Andy B marveled at the following Frank baseball exploit.

#6 was in the glorious Saturday daytime and tied, bottom 10 and the Buccos leading the “Classic,” (3-2).

Frank walked, by the way a “specialty” of his along with his penchant for getting hit by pitches, as he stood right over the plate.

Mervin Rettenmund, who the next day would also hit one up the middle, but 24 hours later Jackie Hernandez fielded and threw him out, yielding a Pirates’ crown, singled up the middle.

Mr. Robinson a great and intense, even ferocious, base runner went from first to third, just beating the throw.

Next, Brooks, another Robinson and another great, hit a fly ball to medium center, Frank tagged up and slid home safely– broadcasters Jim Simpson (radio) and Curt Gowdy (television) intoning the manifestation of a game 7 the next day, doing so long before Buck and son did so, the latter getting the fanfare.

Where do you go now, Frank?! The eternal question.

My mind and imagination (you know what Mr. Einstein said regarding imagination) are rocking, words to whatever this is (cyberspace, I suppose) not so easy.

Something out there/God/a force, perhaps, has been too “random,” surely it is easy and justifiable to feel that way, if for no other reason, life on earth is finite.

However in life, there is great and once baseball, (the game still is) its time, my age, the associations, Chuck Thompson, Bill O’Donnell and at times, John Gordon on Orioles radio 11 WBAL, augmented that greatness.

Thus I volunteer Frank has been told to slide hard, go all out and you will be there.

Guess who in redundant fashion told Frank to slide hard. Guess who volunteered to play second base, you guessed it God.

In a rare “quote” the deity said, “I did help produce greatness and beauty and I want to greet a big time example, Frank Robinson, even if he might “spike” me.”

Click below to view Frank’s great base running to help the O’s win #6 of the ’71 W.S.

1971 WS Gm6: Brooks Robinson’s sac fly forces Game 7

 

Among other tremendous achievements, Frank and Brooks, pictured left to right above, hit consecutive first inning, game 1, 1966 World Series home runs off Hall of Fame pitcher, Don Drysdale to get the Orioles/”The Birds,” off to a “flying” start, en route to an incredible 4 game sweep, of the defending champion, Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More World Series/NFL Crown Same Season Notes

Baltimore in 1970, first with an Orioles team that won 108 games and then with an (11-3) Colts’ team was the first city to win the World Series, followed by the Super Bowl in the same year.

The next to do so was Pittsburgh in 1979, the Pirates last World Series crown or even appearance was followed by the Steelers’ 4th Supe crown in 6 seasons, something the Patriots will try to match next season.

New York “turned the trick,” (was Times Square different? — I believe so) in 1986, first the Mets handing the Red Sox an excruciating World Series loss, followed by the Giants first NFL crown in 30 years.

Boston’s Red Sox had gone 86 years sans a World Series victory, the aforementioned 1986 loss by a gallant team that included Dwight Evans, before winning the World Series in 2004. The Patriots followed that with their third NFL/Super Bowl crown in four seasons, winning the 39th Supe.

Last Sunday, a scant 14 weeks after the Red Sox fourth crown in 15 seasons (’04-’18), the Patriots won their sixth in 18 seasons, (’01-18), making Boston, as cited yesterday the first city/area to twice win the World Series followed by the Supe in the same year/season.

Two days ago, I cited New York winning the World Series followed by gaining an NFL championship via a title game win in both 1938 and 1956.

New York’s Giants are also credited with the 1927 NFL crown, based on the final regular season standings as there was no post-season play. Before that, the legendary 1927 New York Yankees, led by Babe Ruth (60 home runs) and Lou Gehrig, who smacked 47, won the ’27 Fall Classic/World Series.

One other city won the World Series followed by the NFL crown in the same year. Detroit did so, winning the ’35 World Series, their first, having been denied in appearances in three straight years (1907-1909), followed by the Lions first NFL title as they won the NFL’s third title tilt in December 1935.