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Monday, March 11, 2013

Weisman: Revelation of the day/week/month/year

Wow! And here I thought my cutting in to dance with Jim Jarmusch was a top-notch secret.

Thanks to this Lyle Spencer interview with Vin Scully on, we learn that the night Scully broadcast the Dodgers’ 1955 Game 7 World Series win, he went on a date with future “Sesame Street” creator Joan Ganz Cooney.

“After the third out, Johnny Podres having shut them out, I was taken in a car to the Lexington Hotel with some other Dodgers people,” Scully said. “I had a date, and I left the group to get my car and go pick her up. We drove over to Brooklyn for the party at the Bossert Hotel.

“It was like V-J Day and V-E Day rolled into one when we came out of the tunnel. There were thousands of people on the sidewalks leading to the hotel. There were policemen, and parking attendants who took your car about a block from the hotel. Walking down that street to the hotel, that was an unforgettable scene.”

Young Vin really knew how to impress a date.

“Her name was Joan Ganz,” Scully said. “She was from Arizona. I’m pretty sure she later became the creator of ‘Sesame Street.’ You can check on that. We liked each other and stayed in touch, but it never got serious. I haven’t told this story, but what the heck. That was a long time ago.”

Repoz Posted: March 11, 2013 at 01:01 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 11, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4386341)
C is for Lavagetto, that's good enough for me.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: March 11, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4386607)
It's not easy bein' Shawn Green.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 11, 2013 at 07:49 PM (#4386612)
Young Vin really knew how to impress a date.

“Her name was Joan Ganz,” Scully said. “She was from Arizona. I’m pretty sure she later became the creator of ‘Sesame Street.’ You can check on that. We liked each other and stayed in touch, but it never got serious.

If Vin couldn't score on the night Brooklyn won its only World Series . . .
   4. HowardMegdal Posted: March 11, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4386623)
The world would be a much better place if these two had made babies.
   5. bobm Posted: March 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM (#4386709)
Oscar the Grouch read this story in one of the old newspapers in his trash can.

The New York Times
Sixty Years in Dodgers’ Booth, and Scully Is Still in Awe
Published: June 24, 2010 [...]

There had been much more fanfare the last time the Dodgers triumphed at Yankee Stadium. That was in 1955, when Scully said the words Brooklyn fans had never heard before, and would never hear again: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Brooklyn Dodgers are the champions of the world.”

Walter O’Malley, the owner, took the Dodgers’ executives and Scully to the Lexington Hotel, where they rested before the victory party at the Hotel Bossert in Brooklyn. Scully picked up his date — Joan Ganz, who would one day create “Sesame Street” — for an unforgettable drive.

“In Manhattan, it was the fall and football was in the air, two hours after the baseball game,” Scully said. “We drove through the tunnel — I don’t know if we went through the Lincoln or the Battery tunnel — and it was like V-J Day and V-E Day all rolled into one in Brooklyn. They were dancing in the streets. It was just one monumental block party.”

Scully continued: “And when we got near the Bossert hotel, the streets were lined with people. They had sawhorses to restrain them — although the people were very good, they weren’t about to do anything — but they took our cars about a block from the hotel, and we had to walk down the street into the hotel, like you were in a parade, with people cheering. We walked down the street together into the Bossert hotel where all hell was breaking loose, and that was amazing.”
   6. bobm Posted: March 12, 2013 at 12:05 AM (#4386712)

Customer Reviews
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

[Book Description
Publication Date: December 26, 2008]

53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hitting the pavement running, December 28, 2008
By E. R. Bird "Ramseelbird" (Manhattan, NY)[...]

This review is from: Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street (Hardcover) [...]

So the time seems just about right for Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street. Pulling in at a cool 406 pages, author Michael Davis has gone above and beyond the call of duty. [...]

Joan Ganz Cooney wasn't just the show's mother; she was and is a truly fascinating woman in her own right. The kind of person who was, for example, Vin Scully's date the night the Dodger's [sic] won the World Series in 1955. Every person involved has stories like this one in their histories. And Michael Davis has done his best to sniff them all out.
   7. bobm Posted: March 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM (#4386719)

Johnny Podres, The Man Who Brought Next Year, Dies
2008-01-14 07:08
by Jon Weisman [...]

Comments (98) [...]

58. Michael Green
A sad day for us Dodger lovers. A couple of notes about it.

First, about Lasorda. I think it was Joe Black who was quoted in Jane Leavy's magnificent book on Sandy Koufax as saying that Koufax was better right-handed than Lasorda was left-handed. She quotes Lasorda's story--that Buzzie Bavasi asked him who to send out and he said, "Koufax," and Bavasi hasn't denied it, so far as I know.

Lasorda said once that after he was sent out, he was heading north listening to the Dodger broadcast and Vin said something like, "Tommy Lasorda has been optioned to Montreal. Every time he crosses the Jacques Cartier Bridge, he feels like he's going home."

Vin also said that after announcing the victory and going to the commercial, he stood up to leave. Mel Allen asked him if he planned to say goodbye to the viewers before he left! He also recalled that that night, he went to the victory party and had to park at least a mile from the hotel and walk down the street, and everybody was cheering.

Now to a cute one. His date that night was a young woman named Joan Ganz Cooney, who later created Sesame Street for Public Broadcasting. A few years ago, the Dodger affiliate here in Las Vegas broadcast a mike check Vin did for the radio network, reciting numbers--"1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1." The host said it was Vin's audition tape for Sesame Street! That was fun.
   8. silhouetted by the sea Posted: March 12, 2013 at 02:18 AM (#4386731)
I love BTF.
   9. Dan Evensen Posted: March 12, 2013 at 06:01 AM (#4386735)
This thread is what makes BBTF great. Primey to Bobm.

Somebody should Wiki Gonzales this stuff. Or does anybody here even read that site anymore?
   10. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 12, 2013 at 07:48 AM (#4386758)
“We drove through the tunnel — I don’t know if we went through the Lincoln or the Battery tunnel

why would you drive thru the Lincoln tunnel to get from Manhattan to Brooklyn??
   11. GregD Posted: March 12, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4386793)
why would you drive thru the Lincoln tunnel to get from Manhattan to Brooklyn??
This. A person who lived in NYC and can't remember whether you take the Lincoln or Battery tunnel to get to Brooklyn has bigger issues than remembering if he's told the Joan story before.
   12. boteman Posted: March 12, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4387044)
Give the guy a break! He's at least a bajillion years old. Just YOU try remembering which hellish nightmare route you drove that long ago, when there are more important things like which brand of victory champagne you will drink later that night.

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