Reader William Yurasko recently pointed me toward something very cool on YouTube: the full broadcast (shown above) of a 1967 softball game between a team of MLB all-stars and a team of celebrities. The game was held at Dodger Stadium with Vin Scully and Jerry Lewis handling the broadcast duties.
The MLB all-stars wore their regular road greys (which, given the 1967 time frame, were just about perfect in every conceivable way — fabric, tailoring, drape, stirrups, etc.), and the celebs wore white uniforms with a “Celebrities” chest mark and a star logo on the cap.
The full broadcast, which I heartily recommend watching, is full of good uni-related moments. Here are some of the highlights:
1. The game had a seriously goofy logo and was billed as “first annual,” although I don’t know if any subsequent installments were ever played:
2. Although the game was played at Dodger Stadium, the field was reconfigured for softball — shorter baselines, shorter pitching distance, and the infield dirt was painted green:
3. Interestingly, the celebrities were managed by a real MLB skipper, Leo Durocher, and the MLBers were managed by a celebrity, Milton Berle. Durocher wore FiNOB for some reason (all the other members of the celeb team had standard NOBs), while Berle had a Dodgers-style uniform with “Pros” on the front and a standard NOB, along with a “P” cap:
4. Most of the celebs’ uniforms were pretty standard fare. The exception was Woody Allen (at the time a popular stand-up comic, with his film career just getting started), who wore No. 0:
5. Woody’s NOB didn’t include a first initial, even though the celeb team also included comedian Steve Allen (I didn’t get a screen shot of his NOB, but it too didn’t have a first initial):
6. Most of the celebs — some of whom were fairly obscure even in 1967 — are now either deceased or faded from public memory. Aside from Woody Allen, the only one who’s still active and in the public eye is Robert Morse, who had a notable role on Mad Men:
7. No surprise to see that the celebrity who looked best in his uniform was James Garner, who almost always looked good in whatever he was wearing:
8. Other familiar faces and names — both, like Garner, now deceased — included Don Adams and Peter Falk:
9. The MLBers included Willie Mays, Maury Wills, Don Drysdale, Roberto Clemente, Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, and other luminaries. From a uniform perspective, the most notable moment was probably the sight of Pete Rose wearing the Reds’ drop-down NOB style (insert obligatory joke about Rose probably having put money on the game here):
10. Not uni-related but still very interesting: Although most of the MLBers played their usual positions, Roberto Clemente came in to pitch a few innings (underhand, of course)! This crummy screen shot was the best I could do, but you can see for yourself by going to the 37-minute mark of the video at the top of this entry:
11. I was intrigued to see that Maury Wills appeared to be wearing an ascot, or something like that, during his postgame interview:
One final thought: While the MLB team included several black players and at least one Latino (Clemente), the celeb roster was 100% white. If any subsequent editions of this game were held, maybe a celebrity version of Jackie Robinson got to break the color barrier. Anyone know?
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