Sunday, February 20, 2011

Flashback: The Dodger Hillbillies

TV Land continues to make life worth living with the airing of a classic Beverly Hillbillies featuring Leo Durocher and YOUR LOS ANGELES DODGERS. Back in the day, Mr. Durocher was like Detective Munch, showing up in every show that could write a check. (Maybe due to his gambling habit)

In a memorable episode of The Munsters, entitled "Herman the Rookie" (4/8/65), Durocher believes Herman (Fred Gwynne) is the next Mickey Mantle when he sees the towering Munster hit long home runs. Football great Elroy Hirsch also appeared with Durocher. Three years earlier, he also appeared as himself in an episode of Mr. Ed, when the talking horse sought a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also appeared on television in the early 1970s on the syndicated What's My Line? as a mystery guest.

But none of those appearances compares to his work on The Beverly Hillbillies, as he tries to sign Jethro to a baseball contract after discovering the idiot savant's pitching arm. (Note: For all you Comic Book Store Guys out there, Durocher was not actually manager of the Dodgers at the time. But if you can buy into the premise of this show, then historical veracity is the least of your problems)

Riveting stuff. Max Baer Jr's work as Jethro has only ripened with age. And the Dodgers could do worse than take a cue from Durocher and widen their net to fill out the pitching staff. May I recommend...

26 comments:

Spank said...

LEO! My boy!

And who the fuck records the Beverly Hillbillies on video cam from t.v.? That is hardcore nerdism right there.

Count DeShields said...

(guilty as charged. What I do for this site..)

Dusty Baker said...

I really wanted a Daytona 500 thread today.*


*Not

Spank said...

@ DB

I did not even know today was Daytona.

Dusty Baker said...

Sorry to have ruined your day, Spank!

Dusty Baker said...

Just heard that Vinny is going to call both 1-3 and 7-9 innings on the radio on Opening Day this year. Will have to be sure to bring my little radio and headphones.

#InTheYardVinny

Dusty Baker said...

++++++++++++++++++++++++
Pirate All StarGame Thread
++++++++++++++++++++++++

How the hell is the West going to stand a chance with all these white boys on the team???

Spank said...

All-Star game is today,too. Where the fuck have I been all week?

Inappropriate question of the day:

Is Blake Griffin black?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I want a Munch muppet.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I dare say, the West is playing something that might vaguely resemble defense.

Dusty Baker said...

@Spank

I believe Griffin is part something and part something. Just not sure what.

[Said in a completely non-judgmental way, of course]

Rihanna is back to having a shitty haircut now, by the way.

[Said in a completely judgmental way]

Dusty Baker said...

Didn't we just this this suggestive dance trip with Rihanna and Drake recently? My god we're a doomed society.

Dusty getting Krusty.

Dusty Baker said...

Not exactly busting stereotypes in this halftime sow, are they?

Dusty Baker said...

^show

Spank said...

Come on Dusty. You know it's hard to come up with creative original ideas these days.

Spank said...

^HARD TIMEZ!

Dusty Baker said...

Stone cold hard timez, indeed.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

So much for that style of play vaguely resembling defense.

Spank said...

If you didn't catch the first time I said it:

Fuck Ray Allen!

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck Paul Pierce, too. Traitor.

Spank said...

Who won Daytona? <snark

Josh S. said...

Since this is a Delino thread:

Seeing Kobe and Blake play together was like when Hogan and Warrior crossed paths in the 1990 Royal Rumble.

Dusty Baker said...

For the record: I do not dislike bourbon.

Dusty Baker said...

(cries) in his beer

Count DeShields said...

@ Josh S - Thanks for bringing it back to what mattered most!

Count DeShields said...

When did Rihanna steal Shaq's legs?