Thanks to the genius of UNI WATCH BLOG, today I was most fortunate to unearth a priceless baseball homage now-forever frozen in time.
(Apparently TV writers were on strike in ‘81 too)
That being a 1981 episode of The Greatest American Hero called, “The Two-Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Fast Ball.”
When America’s national pastime and national security are endangered, FBI agent Bill Maxwell sends superhero Ralph Hinkley into the thick of a major league pennant race to become baseball’s hottest overnight sensation. Special guest appearances are made by talk show host Mike Douglas and ABC Sportscaster Don Drysdale.
The summary doesn’t come close to capturing the historical significance of what clearly is the most realistic, science-fictional portrait of our grand pastime. Filmed in 1981.
So many rapturous moments to capture, but I thought I’d try:
Blank mustard helmets! Protective cup stuffed with Big League Chew!:
Next up for a Mitchell & Ness authentic reproduction?:
Boy, those helmets look familiar.
Markie Post in the press box!:
Yes, you’re dead on. That IS Robert Culp in the background. Nice catch!
Don Drysdale Stayin’ Alive!
Yeah, that was bad form.
Coincidentally, Marty Brennaman wore this exact shirt for Reds-Cubs last Sunday at Wrigley:
Central casting mob tough guys!:
Stock footage of Dodger Stadium sellout!:
Lotsa TIGHT crowd shots of extras! Mariners! (What, no Oakland Mets lids?)
Then there’s the accidental empty seats shot Part One:
Accidental empty seats shot, Part Two!:
Obligatory Herman Franks-looking manager cast! (Don’t flatter yourself, Lasorda.):
One more generic, stock footage shot of sold-out Dodger Stadium:
Last TIGHT crowd shot. Promise.
If I wasn’t so exhausted by now, I might actually turn the sound up.
No, that’d ruin it.