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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pop culture and the pastime: Willie Mays and Bewitched

How can you go wrong with that combo?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM | 83 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4321765)
Elizabeth Montgomery, a MILF for the ages.
   2. bachslunch Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4321766)
In addition to baseball players like Mays appearing on TV shows of the time in cameos as themselves, there were a few '60s LA Dodgers who appeared on shows as actors in bit parts, such as Al Ferrara and Jim Lefebvre.
   3. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4321772)
Remember the episode where Wes Parker was dating Greg's teacher on "The Brady Bunch"? Greg also had a thing for her, and slashed Wes with a switchblade, screaming "That's my ho, muthafucka!" (marking the first time those words were heard on prime-time TV). Barry Williams actually got a little overenthusiastic filming that scene and cut Parker for real; Wes missed thirteen games and was never really the same hitter after that.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4321781)

Remember the episode where Wes Parker was dating Greg's teacher on "The Brady Bunch"? Greg also had a thing for her, and slashed Wes with a switchblade, screaming "That's my ho, muthafucka!" (marking the first time those words were heard on prime-time TV). Barry Williams actually got a little overenthusiastic filming that scene and cut Parker for real; Wes missed thirteen games and was never really the same hitter after that.


You'd have thought this would have served as a lesson to the entire Dodger organization. Yet, just eight months later there was Don Drysdale giving Greg some pitching advice, only to watch in horror as the grooviest Brady later accused the Dodger righthander of coming a little too far inside on him, if you know what he means.

   5. BDC Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4321786)
Chuck Connors played briefly in the majors for Chicago, which entailed being demoted to the PCL LA Angels when he couldn't hit well enough even to stick with the Cubs. He moved pretty much seamlessly from the Angels dugout into Hollywood sets and backlots.

EDIT: Hmmn, after #s 3 & 4 it looks like this is some kind of double entendre about Connors. But this is serious trivia, people!
   6. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4321795)
Way back in my college radio days there was a garage band from Detroit called "The Insect" which did a song called "Bewitched" (I think) about Elizabeth Montgomery that I've since been trying to find for ages. Since the station has now been seized by robots, I can't even fly to Chicago and bust in and copy it (not that I would).
   7. Repoz Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4321806)
You could always be twitchin' the night away with the Embarrassment's endorable "Elizabeth Montgomery's Face".
   8. Bob Tufts Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM (#4321812)
Leo Durocher on the Munsters.....
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4321817)
Sandy Koufax was no match for Mr. Ed
   10. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4321828)
Just put in the hold for the DVD at my library...
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4321829)
Way back in my college radio days there was a garage band from Detroit called "The Insect" which did a song called "Bewitched" (I think) about Elizabeth Montgomery that I've since been trying to find for ages. Since the station has now been seized by robots, I can't even fly to Chicago and bust in and copy it (not that I would).


I recently became aware of Discogs.com. There seem to be 2 CD copies and 3 LP copies available of the album you're looking for. By comparison an Amazon search finds nothing.

Although (no offense) I would have thought your college radio days predated 1997, due to your venerable status among us internet people.
   12. Jon W Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4321832)
You can see Mays at 5:55 of this clip.
   13. Chicago Joe Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM (#4321837)
   14. bachslunch Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4321843)
Funny thing -- Leo Durocher appeared on both the Munsters and Mr. Ed episodes as the Dodger's manager. Presumably their real manager at the time, Walter Alston, didn't have the same level of "star power."
   15. OsunaSakata Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4321847)
How did Brady Anderson become a spirit guide for Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Was he dating Melissa Joan Hart at the time?
   16. Mefisto Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM (#4321851)
Mays also appeared on the Donna Reed Show. As did, IIRC, Drysdale. Probably others too.
   17. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4321866)
No I was doing the DJ thing while I was still on rec.sport.baseball. I'd say 1998 or so was probably my last year or so doing it. By 1998 I was done with the four hour shows late at night nonsense, but I had a decent setup where I could do an hour show to fill in a gap they had in the schedule.

Some of the hippies there hated me (and were an epic pain in the ass, there's nothing quite so annoying as a progressive on a power trip), the rest of the hippies there liked me and were some of the nicest folks ever. I see @DannyPostel has a twitter handle. I should look him up.

Strangely DIPS kinda became a bright line divider in my life in a lot of ways: Chicago and relatively young and thin to Phoenix and relatively old and really fat. The weight gain probably started around 1997 but didn't start to become really noticeable until around 1999 or 2000, and then spun out of control from there. I simply was not prepared for the whole DIPS to BPro to Rob Neyer to Boston Red Sox thing, and I pretty much ate all of my stress.

It's going to be interesting as the weight continues to come off. Sort of looking forward to the past sort of thing.

Thanks for the heads up. Not sure I want to drop a sawbuck (does anyone use those terms anymore?) on it but I suppose I shouldn't be a cheap bastard. IIRC the album was fairly ordinary except for the Elizabeth Montgomery song which I really liked.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4321876)
Mays also appeared on the Donna Reed Show. As did, IIRC, Drysdale. Probably others too.

Mays, Drysdale, & Durocher once appeared in the same episode
   19. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4321881)
Mays also appeared on the Donna Reed Show.

Maury Wills was a regular on Doris Day.
   20. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4321899)
Apparently from what I remember from the Biography channel, Elizabeth Montgomery used to keep the black wig she had when she played the evil twin on "Bewitched" and bring it home so she could wear it for her husband to spice up the love life.
   21. esseff Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4321904)
Drysdale also was on "Leave it to Beaver." Link


Besides Chuck Connors, another major leaguer who transitioned into acting was Johnny Berardino.
   22. Steve Treder Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4321918)
#19, FTW
   23. Bob Tufts Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4321926)
and don't forget to give Connors credit for also playing professional basketball.
   24. Gary Truth Serum Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4321935)
Apparently from what I remember from the Biography channel, Elizabeth Montgomery used to keep the black wig she had when she played the evil twin on "Bewitched" and bring it home so she could wear it for her husband to spice up the love life.

If it was the same episode I saw, that was the E! True Hollywood Story on Bewitched. Another thing that episode mentioned was that when Elizabeth would play Serena wearing the black wig, she would get hit on by many members of the production staff. The staff did not realize that the actress playing Serena also happened to be married to the show's producer/director, William Asher.
   25. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:44 PM (#4321939)
I was watching a rerun of Malcolm in the Middle just last night, and Reggie Jackson was a guest star in a subplot involving a baseball card show. He had a funny line that he delivered well; "I thought you said this area was going to be roped off."
   26. winnipegwhip Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4321945)
Yankees on Sgt. Bilko

Yankees on Bilko
   27. Rants Mulliniks Posted: December 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4321952)
My favourite MLB cameo was Roger Clemens as Skid Mark in Kingpin, which was a Farrelly follow-up to having Cam Neely play Sea Bass in Dumb and Dumber, the greatest pro-athlere cameo ever.
   28. winnipegwhip Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4321963)
Drysdale also was on "Leave it to Beaver."


This sentence would have been better if it was Leo.

I remember getting a Durocher bio out of the library and looking in the index. Under Durocher it had the various categories

Durocher, Leo:

birth of,
Brooklyn Dodgers and,
Day, Laraine and,
New York Giants and,
Penile Implant and,
Ruth, Babe and,

etc.

   29. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4321978)
Durocher, Leo:
Day, Laraine and,
Penile Implant and,


Durocher was always all about the foreplay, because he knew that nice guys finish last. Besides, how do you think he got his nickname?
   30. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4322024)
I have seen Dumb & Dumber probably literally dozens of times, but I had no idea Cam Neely was in it. This information pleases me.
   31. esseff Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4322033)
the greatest pro-athlere cameo ever.


Let us not forget Brett Fav-ruh in "Something About Mary."
   32. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4322035)
the greatest pro-athlete cameo ever.

"Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes!"
   33. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4322043)
"I must kill the queen."
   34. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4322088)
After buying this for my first daughter a couple years ago I was thrilled to see on the 40th anniversary 'Best of' Seasame Street DVD a number of athlete cameos, including Mookie Wilson and Keith Hernandez, (also Harry Carson, and it looked like Gary Reasons and maybe Landeta)
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM (#4322127)
They used a different Willie Mays for his second cameo though.
   36. OsunaSakata Posted: December 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4322238)
After buying this for my first daughter a couple years ago I was thrilled to see on the 40th anniversary 'Best of' Seasame Street DVD a number of athlete cameos, including Mookie Wilson and Keith Hernandez, (also Harry Carson, and it looked like Gary Reasons and maybe Landeta)


Put Down the Duckie!

Mookie and Keith at 1:47-1:51 (interrupted by Jane Curtin)
New York football Giants at 3:37-3:45 (interrupted by Pete Seeger)
   37. beer on a stick Posted: December 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4322346)
Insect-The Detroit Sessions


Pfft...Elvis Hitler, they are not.
   38. winnipegwhip Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4322409)
Johnny Bench played a waiter in a Partridge Family episode.
   39. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4322416)
Elvis Hitler, they are not.

I think the 'Disgraceland' album is money.
   40. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM (#4322419)
New York football Giants at 3:37-3:45 (interrupted by Pete Seeger)


You mean there is a NY baseball Giants still?

And I still get a kick of watching the original version of "the Longest Yard" and seeing all the old football players from the 60's and early 70's in it.
   41. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM (#4322426)
Duke Snider on Father Knows Best. "Hey, look who's in the backyard playing catch with Kitten. That's Duke Snider!"
   42. OsunaSakata Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:31 PM (#4322429)
New York football Giants at 3:37-3:45 (interrupted by Pete Seeger)


You mean there is a NY baseball Giants still?


No, but amazing things can be done with editing. Like John McGraw saying,"Put down the duckie" or dancing Gangnam style.
   43. beer on a stick Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4322432)
I think the 'Disgraceland' album is money.


They're all good. They had one last one named "Two Headed Cousin", that might have been Jim Leedy's best work, but it never got released. I wish I still had the cassette (!) copy of the master that he gave me.

Jimmy is an old friend of mine from the Lili's 21 days in Detroit, so I'm kinda biased.

####### those were fun times. Thanks for reminding me about them.
   44. depletion Posted: December 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM (#4322490)
I watched Bewitched fairly regularly when it was in first run. I have a disturbing memory of Montgomery opening a serving dish on the dinner table and the laughing head of her mischeivous uncle, played by Paul Lynde, being on the platter. "I Dream of Jeannie" pretty much ruled over "Bewitched", however. Barbara Eden + skimpy outfit > Elizabeth Montgomery, RIP Larry Hagman.
   45. Walt Davis Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:24 AM (#4322725)
Larry Csonka on the $6 M Man.

Dick Butkus acted very badly on lots of stuff. Merlin Olsen and Fred Dryer acted semi-competently (i.e. they didn't seem surprised to find a camera pointing at them). And who can forget Ed Marinaro?
   46. BDC Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4322775)
Merlin Olsen and Fred Dryer acted semi-competently

Alex Karras, too. For a while it seemed like half the shows on TV had former NFL defensive linemen as stars.

Roman Gabriel in The Undefeated, however, was impossibly bad.

I went through a phase when I watched reruns of Bewitched fairly often, and thought it a pretty smart show compared to its peers; but my brain could just be spongy from too much TV.
   47. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:10 AM (#4322787)
Jim Burt on Aqua Teen Hunger Force...for the win!
   48. jobu Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:19 AM (#4322792)
Apparently from what I remember from the Biography channel, Elizabeth Montgomery used to keep the black wig she had when she played the evil twin on "Bewitched" and bring it home so she could wear it for her husband to spice up the love life.

I would maintain that Elizabeth Montgomery had Inner Circle credentials all along, but this pretty much would seal it.
   49. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4322814)
Deacon Jones was on "The Odd Couple." You'd think they would have had more sports stars on that show, but he's the only one I can think of, aside from Howard Cosell.
   50. AndrewJ Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4322857)
Bobby Riggs did an Odd Couple cameo, too.
   51. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM (#4322860)
Somehow John Matuszak never got his own TV series.
   52. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4322892)
For a while it seemed like half the shows on TV had former NFL defensive linemen as stars.


Ben Davidson was a regular on "Ball Four."
   53. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4322894)
Bobby Riggs did an Odd Couple cameo, too.


Ah, yes. And Billie Jean King came on at the end of that one as well.
   54. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4322898)
Deacon Jones was on "The Odd Couple." You'd think they would have had more sports stars on that show, but he's the only one I can think of, aside from Howard Cosell.


Jim Plunkett was on an episode as an Eskimo quarterback who was discovered by Oscar and then asked him to be his agent. Lot of jokes about turnig the thermostat down.

Karras was also on the Odd Couple. Billie Jean King did a cameo at the end of the Bobby Riggs episode (edit: beverage to TN).
   55. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4322899)
John Matuszak should have received an Academy award for his performance as "Sloth" in Goonies.


and Ty Cobb would have made a great cameo somewhere. Maybe Father knows Best?
   56. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4322920)
Ty Cobb lived until 1961. I would like to see a Dick Van Dyke Show with one of those dream sequences where he shows up at the office and Buddy has been replaced by Ty Cobb. And Sally is Eleanor Roosevelt.
   57. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4323052)
and Ty Cobb would have made a great cameo somewhere.


Not TV, but Cobb was briefly in the original "Angels in the Outfield."

Sparky Anderson was terrific on WKRP. Wade Boggs got pantsed on Cheers, and Luis Tiant did a mock commercial with Sam Malone.
   58. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4323065)
Ben Davidson was a regular on "Ball Four."


As did Jim Bouton himself; of course, Bouton also had a decent sized role as Terry Lennox in Robery Altman's "The Long Goodbye".

I'd love to know the story behind that bit of casting, since Bouton hadn't acted in anything prior ...
   59. BDC Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4323071)
Montgomery was very good in a TV movie about Lizzie Borden that aired in the 1970s. Though I say that and I haven't seen it since it was first aired, and don't know how I'd go about seeing it now to check my statement. She also looked exactly like her father, so wig or not, if her various husbands were big Robert Montgomery fans in their youth, those relationships might have gotten into weird areas.
   60. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4323085)
Since the discussion has moved beyond baseball...

"Punch Drunks" from the Three Stooges (1934). 50 seconds in you see Moe sitting at a table with three men. The mug saying "The only cut I got was this one over my eye" is "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, an elite lightheavyweight boxer and former champ (click the link to see his truly impressive career record). The fella sitting next to him is former heavyweight contender Frank Moran, who most famously fought Jack Johnson for the heavyweight title in 1914. Both men made a very nice career for themselves doing small roles like this in Hollywood - IMDB credits Moran with 150 appearances on-film, Maxie with 73.
   61. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: December 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4323099)
John Matuszak should have received an Academy award for his performance as "Sloth" in Goonies.

He's perfect in North Dallas Forty.
"Every time I say it's a game, you say it's a business! And every time I say it's a business, you say it's a game!"
   62. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4323133)
several baseball players were [/url] mystery guestson What's My [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G61H3lJKi80] Line
   63. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4323135)
sorry--screwed that up--just you tube search Whats My line Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Duke Snider, Jimmy Piersall,Willie Mays, and many more
   64. esseff Posted: December 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4323162)
sorry--screwed that up--just you tube search Whats My line Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Duke Snider, Jimmy Piersall,Willie Mays, and many more


My favorite is Robin Roberts, who signs in with his real name, with the panel not wearing blindfolds. But his "line" is that he has a shrimp company, or something.

Also, I've linked to it in Branch Rickey threads before, but there's an episode with Rickey as the guest, touting his new Continental League.
   65. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4323173)
Jim Plunkett was on an episode as an Eskimo quarterback who was discovered by Oscar and then asked him to be his agent. Lot of jokes about turnig the thermostat down.


Hm. I sure don't remember that, and there's nothing on the IMDB like that, although I am impressed by the specificity of your recall. Was it possibly a different show? I do remember the great Jack Soo as the Chinese wrestler Chuck Chin.


As did Jim Bouton himself; of course, Bouton also had a decent sized role as Terry Lennox in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye".


Altman loved casting non-actors. Huey Lewis was in "Short Cuts," there are several football players in "M*A*S*H," he used Lyle Lovett a lot, there are a bunch of musicians in "Nashville," and Andy Richter (!) is in "Dr. T and the Women."
   66. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4323178)
Quite possibly my favorite acting appearance by a boxer - former heavyweight champ Max Baer crooning, from his leading role in "Prizefighter and the Lady" alongside Myrna Loy. Ask Andy for a copy, I bet he has one hijacked off TCM.

Baer, of course, is notoriously and wrongly depicted as a sadist and all-around jerk in Ron Howard's otherwise commendable "Cinderella Man", but the real Madcap Maxie is the guy you see here, happy-go-lucky and surrounded by dames. I won't hold the pants against him since he probably didn't tailor them himself.
   67. Walt Davis Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4323254)
Add Bubba Smith to the defensive line "actors".
   68. Papa Squid Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4323284)
Bill Buckner on Curb Your Enthusiasm... great episode.
   69. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4323294)
Add Bubba Smith to the defensive line "actors".

and Rosey Grier
   70. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4323296)
   71. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4323298)
Hm. I sure don't remember that, and there's nothing on the IMDB like that, although I am impressed by the specificity of your recall. Was it possibly a different show? I do remember the great Jack Soo as the Chinese wrestler Chuck Chin.


Oh Lord, there went the brain cells: "Jim Plunkett" was actually actor Reni Santoni, who later went on to play "Poppy" in Seinfeld. He did bear a superficial resemblance to Plunkett:

Reni Santoni


Jim Plunkett

The day when I'm found shuffling along miles from my house in carpet slippers and robe just moved about five years closer.
   72. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4323353)
Interesting. I like that guy. He was also in two fine films I saw this year for the first time, "Cobra" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". And apparently played "Father Joe DiMaggio" on 7 episodes of "Midnight Caller", a show I have never heard of that ran 61 episodes circa 1990.
   73. BDC Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4323399)
Add Bubba Smith to the defensive line "actors"

The late and great. When I was at Michigan State there was a legend still current (from not that long before, looking back) that Bubba bought himself a Cadillac, painted the word "Bubba" on the side, and would drive it to campus in the morning and park it in the university president's reserved spot, or alternatively just leave it on the quad somewhere. A kinder and gentler college-sports-out-of-control world …
   74. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4323453)
Tony Conigliaro sang on the Merv Griffin show.
   75. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM (#4323477)
then, of course, there's http://www.yourememberthat.com/media/10130/Denny_McLain_Bob_Gibson_Musical_Duet/#.UMkbZIUbJ7k this, which has ben linked numerous times before
   76. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM (#4323522)
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It wasn't as hilarious as I was hoping, but it was fun to see that he was acknowledging Mac's now-classic love letter.
   77. puck Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:36 PM (#4323524)
John Matuszak was also in Caveman. Ringo stole Barbara Bach from him.

Dr J was in the Fish that Saved Pittsburgh. Ray Allen in He Got Game. Bernard King in Fast Break. (As was Michael Warren, who should be added to the Ed Marinaro post.)

Brian Bosworth was a minor action star, right?

One of my favorite cameos (after Kareem in Airplane) was Trammell and Whitaker in Magnum PI. It's very brief, Magnum runs into them in a bar.

I want to say he meant to see a game and couldn't due to his crime-solving adventures, but then runs into Trammell and Whitaker and his trip is salvaged, but honestly I can't remember and might be making all that up.
   78. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4323527)
Fred Dryer has been mentioned, but it hasn't been mentioned that he was one of the finalist for the Sam Malone role in Cheers.
   79. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4323531)
Other boxers on TV shows that I remember:

George Foreman on Sanford and Son. More mysteriously, Marvin Hagler once guested on Punky Brewster.
   80. puck Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4323536)
Oh yeah, Alex English had a starring role in a movie "Amazing Grace and Chuck."

Doug English (another DT) was the eponymous character in "Big Bad John", also starring Jimmy Dean. The character is sort of based on the Jimmy Dean song.

I wonder how stuff like this happens.
   81. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM (#4323594)
Tony sparred with Carlos Palomino on Taxi.
   82. Gazizza, my Dilznoofuses! Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM (#4323598)
Alex English had a starring role in a movie "Amazing Grace and Chuck."


One of the worst movies ever. I saw it a summer camp in 1989 and I'm upset about it.
   83. Lassus Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM (#4323604)
Edited because I used the wrong search word.

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