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Uploaded on Dec 10, 2011
Other than the infamous "Jerome Warning" (which I produced for Steve when he did mid-days with Russ Salzberg), this was the first long form piece I did for his program. In 2001, Billy Crystal produced a film for HBO called 61* which recounted the race by Mantle and Maris to beat Babe Ruth's single season home run record. I thought the film was quite well done but being a Mets fan, I couldn't help but decide to poke a little fun at the Yankees. Five years after Maris beat Ruth's record, the Yankees ended up in last place, so what better way to "honor" it than with the trailer to a film about that season.
This piece was done over the course of a Saturday afternoon. I'd spent the previous evening collecting bits and pieces of lines from movies that I knew I could use. Having a photographic memory and good recall helps -- I'm like a walking encyclopedia of popular (and unpopular) culture. I sat down in my studio and started to assemble the pieces. The script was outlined but I finalized it on the fly as I went along. The music was chosen from a stock music library and I edited the music to highlight the dramatic moments.
The cast of thousands is as follows:
I play the announcer, reporter, Phil Rizzuto and Joe Pepitone. The Bob Sheppard imitation was done by Rich Ackerman and I must mention the cameo by the late great FAN host Pete Franklin.
A little game for the comments section: Can you figure out what films the clips are from?