Thursday, June 9, 2016

OTR Baseball Episode 9: Abbott and Costello's Who's on First

Recently, the National Baseball Hall of Fame shared a great feature on the most famous skit involving baseball.  Well, it might be the most famous skit for any sport.  Maybe even the most famous skit ever!  I am talking about Abbott and Costello's Who's on First.  So even though it has been a while, I want to get back on my Old Time Radio and baseball series and what a wonder show I have to share.

Somerset Patriots 3, Sugar Land Skeeters 1 (Bridgewater Township (Somerset County), New Jersey - Saturday August 9, 2014)
Who's on First?
Somerset Patriots 3, Sugar Land Skeeters 1 (Atlantic League)
(Bridgewater Township (Somerset County), New Jersey - Saturday August 9, 2014)

As a kid growing up, Sunday morning at 11:30 on WPIX (Channel 11 in NYC) was a special time.  Every Sunday, they showed an Abbott and Costello movie.  These were always 90 minutes - and always hilarious.  I just loved watching these movies and made it a regular ritual.  So I have long been a huge fan of these two comedy greats.  And naturally, I am a huge fan of Who's on First.  

On April 17, 1947, the Abbott and Costello Show (which was running on NBC and sponsored by Camel cigarettes - the one doctor's recommend.  The show opens when Lou Costello receives a telegram from Joe Dimaggio.  He was begging Costello to suit up for the New York Yankees since he was not feeling great.  Though Dimaggio would win the MVP that year for the World Champion Yankees, he felt he needed an all-star to be in the lineup for him.  

The script featured the quick witty banter between the two featured players.  The program ends with "Who's on First".  It is one of a few that you can find via old time radio (and one of two that I will feature in this series).  But what is great is that they have great fun early on with other ballplayer names including Bob Feller and Enos Slaughter (two great Hall of Famers).  Its lots of fun, I hope to listen to Abbott try to explain how Cleveland can have only on "Feller" pitching for the Indians.  Abbott and Costello were joined by Skinnay Ennis (who sings "Linda) and Marilyn Maxwell (who sings "New Orleans" and acts in one of the skits).  

I hope you enjoy this great episode.

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