Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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 11:08 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM (#4649113)
would have been more likely in Montreal
   2. TJ Posted: January 31, 2014 at 01:06 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 01:11 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 02:53 AM (#4649143)
Gallagher’s eighth inning smash

The comedy never ended in this one.
   5. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 31, 2014 at 07:28 AM (#4649153)
This truly was the day the clown cried.
   6. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: January 31, 2014 at 08:54 AM (#4649159)
Maybe Dean Martin got the bases loaded.
   7. Astroenteritis Posted: January 31, 2014 at 10:06 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 is a fine piece of cheese Posted: January 31, 2014 at 05:56 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Jim Wisinski
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(2812 - 11:26am, Oct 21)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogBaseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
(1 - 11:19am, Oct 21)
Last: PreservedFish

Newsblog2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 OMNICHATTER
(7 - 11:17am, Oct 21)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogFan Returns Home Run Ball to Ishikawa; Receives World Series tickets
(37 - 11:17am, Oct 21)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(845 - 11:16am, Oct 21)
Last: TFTIO is familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda

NewsblogBrisbee: The 5 worst commercials of the MLB postseason
(144 - 11:00am, Oct 21)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(74 - 10:59am, Oct 21)
Last: Booey

NewsblogSo You’re About to Pitch to Pablo Sandoval | FanGraphs Baseball
(1 - 10:50am, Oct 21)
Last: boteman

NewsblogRoyals’ James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS but is ready for World Series | The Kansas City Star
(20 - 10:48am, Oct 21)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogCalcaterra: So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?
(96 - 10:43am, Oct 21)
Last: Booey

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(276 - 10:40am, Oct 21)
Last: CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck

NewsblogMorosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?
(99 - 10:36am, Oct 21)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(17 - 10:08am, Oct 21)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogCould the Yankees ever be Royals? Young and athletic K.C. is everything that Bombers are not - NY Daily News
(33 - 9:58am, Oct 21)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogHitting coaches blamed for lack of offense - Sports - The Boston Globe
(17 - 9:43am, Oct 21)
Last: AROM

Page rendered in 0.1881 seconds
52 querie(s) executed