Billy Crystal’s recent romp through Paul Maholm’s repertoire made for lovely press on a slow news day and the old boy got to live the dream a mere four decades too late. (By the way, what the hell, Paul? Throwing cutters at a 60-year-old man? Way to get into the moment.) However, what are Crystal’s baseball bona fides? High school ball? Long time ago, Billy.
At least Woody Allen made an effort to stay involved in the game after his stickball days were over. In this video, you can see Allen and super genius Jonathan Winters in an early attempt at educational television called “Hot Dog”. They both “explain” where baseball gloves came from in the ’70s. (See where they sew in the small pouch for the greenies?)
As you can see from the first 90 seconds of the video first spotted at NEWS FROM ME, Winters does his best Tony Cloninger impersonation and puts Maholm to shame with his overpowering fastball. Woody Allen then explains his own baseball résumé to the kids of America watching NBC on a Saturday morning. Uhm… maybe Crystal was the better choice.
It’s a great reminder for all of us that Woody Allen used to be hilarious, Jonathan Winters used to be known, and baseball gloves used to be made out of leather instead of the space-age Cowlin™ polymer used today.