(Speaking of “nations,” in looking for an appropriate clip for this piece, I sought out the theme for the news segment of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, a precursor to Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update.” I was reminded what a big deal RML-I was in its time. Some of the guests included such high-profilers as John Wayne, Jack Lemon, Cher, Ann Miller, Don Rickles, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds, and, of course, Richard Nixon. Some of the humor seems a bit politically incorrect now, but back then, it was cutting edge.)
Baseball Nation is pretty much on the top of my list for baseball sites these days. The writers and editors — including Rob Neyer, Grant Brisbee, Jim Baker, and the rest of the gang — always provide unusual and fun items on top of the usual rumors, deals, and analyses that are the staples of other web places. And of lot of my favorite pieces have to do with — what else — books, movies, collectibles, etc., pretty much the stuff I cover here.
Here are a few items over the past few days that have brought a smile to this tired old face.
- SCTV at the Ballpark: A couple of clips featuring John Candy as Babe Ruth visiting a little sick kid and Bill Murray as Joe DiMaggio doing a commercial for his family restaurant. Murray has a surpsingly good swing.
- Hot Corner Book Club: Doc’s new memoir: Should you read Gooden’s book? (Here’s my review from Bookreporter.com.)
- Ban the DH? Nah. Just watch a show about it: Missed this one, have to try to find it on demand.