Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Burbank Central Library Auditorium
110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California
In conjunction with the exhibition, Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son, the Baseball Reliquary presents Leo Durocher in Hollywood, a collection of television treasures from 1954 to 1963, on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m., at the Burbank Central Library Auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California. Television archivist Dan Einstein will introduce three programs from the extensive holdings of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Included will be:
A 1954 episode of The Jack Benny Program titled “The Giant Mutiny,” a takeoff of The Caine Mutiny, starring Durocher, Charlie Dressen, Fred Haney, Bob Lemon, and Beans Reardon. Benny plays Alvin Dark, captain of the New York Giants, during the fourth game of the World Series. He rebels against Durocher’s harsh tactics and is court-martialed. His judges are manager Dressen and Haney, pitcher Lemon, and umpire Reardon. Durocher plays with two baseballs in imitation of Captain Queeg.
An eleven-minute clip from The Dinah Shore Chevy Show from 1960 featuring Durocher and members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, including John Roseboro, Larry Sherry, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Don Demeter, Don Drysdale, Maury Wills, Wally Moon, and Johnny Podres. Dinah and Durocher fool around about his angry image, while the players discuss their work in commercials, present Dinah with a Dodgers dress, and sing a song.
The hilarious 1963 episode of Mister Ed, entitled “Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed.” Like all Southern California residents, Mister Ed, the talking horse, was a die-hard Dodgers fan. He had some problems with the team’s play, and in this episode took to the field at Dodger Stadium to show them a thing or two about hitting and base running. As the man who asked Ed to show up to help get the Dodgers in shape, Durocher was at the heart of the story, which features appearances by John Roseboro, Sandy Koufax, Willie Davis, Bill Skowron, and others.
Copies of the book Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son, signed by author Paul Dickson, will be available for sale at this program. For further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (818) 238-5600.
The program is supported, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.