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  • morpheus1776
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    Bill Pullman in two movies:

    While You Were Sleeping: He questions Sandra Bullock's character for being his brothers fiance. "Favorite baseball team?" "Chicago?" "Cubs or White Sox?"

    When Harry Met Sally: He does Gary Cooper's impersonation of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech.

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  • SteveJRogers
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    Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
    I just saw A Bronx Tale for the first time. I wonder if Mickey Mantle ever saw it.
    Hopefully he took it slightly better than DiMaggio took the reference to him in "Mrs Robinson," which was meant as positive (reaching out for lost innocence) but DiMaggio hated it.

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  • EdTarbusz
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    I just saw A Bronx Tale for the first time. I wonder if Mickey Mantle ever saw it.

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  • dwj21792
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    There was an old comedy in the 30's called The Naughty Nineties starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Need I say more?

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    In the old NBC TV show Highway to Heaven that starred Michael Landon, co-star Victor French wore an Oakland A's cap in several episodes.

    Kramer on Seinfeld attended a Yankees fantasy camp and got kicked out after he got into fights with Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.

    In music, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, a die hard Cub fan, wrote a song called "All the Way", which features several Cub references. The cover for the single had a photo of the ivy covered outfield walls at Wrigley.

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  • Phantom Dreamer
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    The kid, (Joshua Rudoy) in the film version of "Harry and the Hendersons" wears a Seattle Mariners star trident cap.

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  • TonyK
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    In Hollywood My Hometown Ken Murray shares 38 years of footage taken from his 16MM camera of famous Hollywood stars. Towards the end of the one-hour show on TCM, Murray shows highlights from two charity baseball games (or softball?) played in 1940 and 1945 at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field. You'll see bespectacled Burt Lancaster get a hit, Mickey Rooney turn a bunt into a triple, and Boris Karloff umpiring in his role of Frankenstein. Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, and many other stars are shown plus Jane Russell appears in a tight sweater as the Bat Girl. The Three Stooges are filmed while sitting on the bench, and they reportedly used butterfly nets for gloves.

    In another charity game, Bing Crosby pitches to his sons. Charity baseball games drew enormous crowds and were huge events in Hollywood for many years. Several stars had either semipro or pro experience. Too bad most of this footage is now lost.

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  • chicagowhitesox1173
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    I watched an interesting movie on Netflix. "The Prize winner of Defiance Ohio", which is based on a true story and two of the main characters sons made the Tigers minor league system. The movie was set in the 50's early 60's timeframe.

    Also in this movie Woody Harrelson who played the alcoholic father got drunk and listened to Indian games on the radio a few times.
    Last edited by chicagowhitesox1173; 05-19-2015, 03:20 PM.

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  • TonyK
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    Saturday Night Live ran a spoof of a commercial last night about Depend Legends Diapers for old timers who won't wear ordinary diapers. These 'legends" come with pictures of famous heroes like Mickey Mantle and other dead celebrities on the bottoms. One selling point was guys will trade legends diapers with their friends like they're baseball cards.

    "Ill give you one Ty Cobb for one Willie Mays."
    "Have you tried the Babe Ruth jumbo size diapers yet? Mine keep me dry even when I'm loaded."

    I can think of a few people's faces I'd like wrapped around my bottom.

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  • BaronSamedi
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    Anyone bring up The Untouchables yet?

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  • Captain Cold Nose
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    Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
    Sounds disgusting, but at least it's not tobacco.
    Starbucks, and I'm sure others, sells candy-coated coffee beans. They're not horrible. This is actually a logical extension of that. I can understand why the sharks would want to invest.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Originally posted by TonyK View Post
    A repeat Shark Tank episode had two former Cal Poly ballplayers, Matt Canepa and Pat Pezet, on to get a deal from the sharks. Their product is Grinds, an alternative to chewing tobacco. Made up of coffee grinds plus vitamins, 20 ML teams now use these pouches instead of tobacco. Canepa played two years in the Cubs organization and was the star catcher for Cal Poly in 2006.

    It's interesting that this idea began as an Economics project and they were trying to come up with an idea. One of them chewed on some coffee grounds and a light bulb went on in his head. After winning $18,000 in two competitions, the two players designed pouches that fit easily in your mouth. Chewing tobacco is a 4.5 billion dollar industry so this is a neat alternative. Bruce Bochy endorsed the product and there are a few varieties such as Mocha, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cinnamon Roll. They had projected 2013 sales to be $300,000.
    Sounds disgusting, but at least it's not tobacco.

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  • TonyK
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    A repeat Shark Tank episode had two former Cal Poly ballplayers, Matt Canepa and Pat Pezet, on to get a deal from the sharks. Their product is Grinds, an alternative to chewing tobacco. Made up of coffee grinds plus vitamins, 20 ML teams now use these pouches instead of tobacco. Canepa played two years in the Cubs organization and was the star catcher for Cal Poly in 2006.

    It's interesting that this idea began as an Economics project and they were trying to come up with an idea. One of them chewed on some coffee grounds and a light bulb went on in his head. After winning $18,000 in two competitions, the two players designed pouches that fit easily in your mouth. Chewing tobacco is a 4.5 billion dollar industry so this is a neat alternative. Bruce Bochy endorsed the product and there are a few varieties such as Mocha, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cinnamon Roll. They had projected 2013 sales to be $300,000.

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  • TonyK
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    In Boyhood Ethan Hawke takes his son to see an Astros game. Jason Lane hits a three-run HR to win it according to Ethan. The movie crew actually went to two games to film scenes. The first time they used footage of Roger Clemens, and the second time they got lucky when Lane homered to left field. Lane didn't know about his role in the movie until a friend told him about it.

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  • Dude Paskert
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    Originally posted by Nutt View Post
    Not sure if this has ever been touched on, but the character Thomas Magnum was born in Detroit and was a lifelong Tigers fan. Tom Selleck is a Tigers fan as well.
    Selleck took BP with the Tigers in Detroit at least once and, I believe, also managed to put at least one ball out.

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