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Thursday, January 30, 2014

1973: Jerry Lewis Gets a Hit as an Astro

“Jerry Lewis played four innings at first base for the Astros”...and then gave way to Sammy Petrillo.

Another Walter Mitty moment came in the Astrodome in late July 1972, when Jerry Lewis started at first base for the Houston Astros in an exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers. Although I was never a fan of his humor, I was amazed at how well he played defense; he even got a hit off Tiger pitcher Mike Strahler. It was reported that he arrived at a party later that night still wearing his number ’9′ Astros jersey.”

The game and appearance by Jerry Lewis as an Astro took place on July 19, 1973 – and here’s how it was reported by the Baytown Sun:

Pitchers, Lewis Steal Astro Show

Houston (AP) - Bob Gallagher’s inside-the-park grand slam home run won the game but a pair of pitching coaches in their 50s and a comedian stole the show in an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers.

Gallagher’s eighth inning smash gave Houston a 10-7 victory Thursday night in the game as both clubs allowed their pitching coaches to pitch and comedian Jerry Lewis played four innings at first base for the Astros.

Lewis (age 47 at the time) got a single and a walk in his two times at bat.

Repoz Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:08 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4649113)
would have been more likely in Montreal
   2. TJ Posted: January 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4649132)
Lewis (age 47 at the time) got a single and a walk in his two times at bat.


Looks like Amaro has a new outfielder...
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM (#4649134)
1973: Jerry Lewis Gets a Hit as an Astro

I always found his humor too forsched.

Re: #1: Unlike Lewis' popularity, I get it!
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: January 31, 2014 at 01:53 AM (#4649143)
Gallagher’s eighth inning smash

The comedy never ended in this one.
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 31, 2014 at 06:28 AM (#4649153)
This truly was the day the clown cried.
   6. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: January 31, 2014 at 07:54 AM (#4649159)
Maybe Dean Martin got the bases loaded.
   7. Astroenteritis Posted: January 31, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4649180)
I actually remember this game. I seem to recall Lewis lining his hit up the middle, but I'm not sure. I have a feeling the pitcher wasn't bearing down too hard on him.
   8. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: January 31, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4649558)
Too bad Jerry didn't play more. Imagine how popular baseball would be in France by now if he had!

And here's the guy who gave up a hit to Jerry Lewis.

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