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Lights, Camera, Baseball: The Top 10 Dodger TV and Film Appearances

Lights, Camera, Baseball: The Top 10 Dodger TV and Film Appearances

Since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958, the Dodgers and Hollywood have had a relationship that may solely be described as symbiotic. At any recreation, you’re assured to see celebrities like Jeff Bridges, George Lopez, Jason Bateman, and Bryan Cranston nestled in a yellow seat.

Conversely, the Dodgers have taken their star energy from the diamond to studio units many occasions over the many years. In different situations, Dodger Stadium was the studio set. From cartoon hijinks to cameos to biopics, listed here are ten memorable situations the place the Boys in Blue graced the silver display and the TV display.  

10. Enrique Hernandez – The Daring and the Lovely

Whereas Clayton Kershaw’s look in New Woman obtained much more publicity, tremendous utility man Enrique Hernandez nabbed himself a task a pair years later with much more strains. On September 12, 2016, throughout a time without work from a heated division race, he starred in an episode of the cleaning soap opera The Daring and the Lovely. With extra strains than a mere cameo, he was fast to select up the nuances of starring in daytime tv. All the higher since his spouse, Mariana, is an actress. 

Backstage Dodgers had a behind-the-scenes clip of the Rally Banana’s close-up.

9. Steve Garvey – Ice Cream Man

By far the weirdest entry on this record. This 1995 cult horror film was initially launched direct-to-video, and for good cause. With low cost manufacturing values, its story of a psychological affected person (Clint Howard, Ron Howard’s youthful brother) who turns into a murderous ice cream man isn’t precisely one thing mainstream audiences or critics would heat as much as. Probably the most heralded first baseman in Los Angeles Dodgers historical past seems briefly as the daddy of one of many lead youngster characters. That the conservative, straight-as-a-whistle Garvey would seem in a film with strains like “Eat this, ice cream dick!” is as weird as it’s completely hilarious.

eight Clayton Kershaw – New Woman

Past being one of the best pitcher of a era, Clayton Kershaw has the charisma, identify recognition and appears to parlay into an honest appearing profession if he so desired. His first second within the Hollywood highlight is a quick one. In a February 2014 episode of the Zooey Deschanel sitcom New Woman, Kershaw awkwardly bumps into the title character, Jess, as she makes her approach by means of a mansion get together thrown by Prince.

It’s Kershaw’s public persona to a tee: humble, unassuming, and belying his elite athlete standing. Moreover, Jess needs to be the one lady in L.A. able to resisting the GOAT’s charms.

7. Kyle Farmer – The Blind Aspect

Given the storybook nature of his walk-off debut in 2017, one might say Kyle Farmer’s story is greater than a film already. Eight entire years earlier than he made that season’s cinematic second, he appeared (nevertheless nondescriptly) in precise cinemas by way of the Oscar-winning soccer drama The Blind Aspect. Along with baseball, Farmer additionally performed soccer at Marist Excessive Faculty in Atlanta, and was thus used throughout a key apply scene.

Farmer could be seen within the clip under, clad in yellow. He’s the one throwing the ball, however doesn’t do any of the character’s talking half:

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6. Dodger Stadium – Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” Music Video 

This entry is a little bit of a stretch because it’s the stadium itself, not a participant, and the media in query is a music video quite than a present or film. However it’s value together with, as Dodger Stadium performed a key position in top-of-the-line songs by probably the greatest bands of the ‘70s.

After conquering the pop world with Rumours in 1977, Fleetwood Mac adopted it up two years later with Tusk, then the costliest album ever made. Its title monitor was elevated by the USC Trojans Marching Band, whose forceful horn and rhythm elements have been recorded at Dodger Stadium.

To seize the occasion, the band filmed the session, which befell on a June afternoon in 1979. The video is an excellent snapshot of the exorbitant lengths the band went to for the album, with 120 band members sprawled throughout the sector proper in the midst of baseball season. If something, it’s the right summation of the album itself: extreme, odd and impractical, but sensible exactly due to it.

On a private observe, I needed to embrace this on the record as Fleetwood Mac was my first ever favourite band as a child, with “Tusk” as my favourite track. That the house of my favourite workforce is a part of its conveyance makes it much more particular. You possibly can learn extra concerning the video’s recording proper right here.

5. Sandy Koufax, Leo Durocher and others – Mister Ed

The 1960s have been a golden age for the Los Angeles Dodgers, profitable three pennants and two World Collection with a bevy of unforgettable stars. That peak additionally overlapped with a burgeoning time in present enterprise, main many gamers to star in tv.

Considered one of their greatest moments got here in 1963 on Mister Ed, a comedy present a few mischievous speaking horse (the title character) and his proprietor Wilbur. The episode revolves across the namesake horse’s frustration with the group’s awful play, and one way or the other manages to name supervisor Leo Durocher (enjoying himself) with recommendation.

The golden second, although, is when Mister Ed is invited to Dodger Stadium to exhibit his hitting information. He steps to the plate, bat in mouth, and wallops an inside-the-park residence run for the ages. Perhaps if the Yankees had taken Mister Ed’s recommendation, they might have accomplished higher towards Koufax in that yr’s World Collection.

four. Leo Durocher – The Munsters

Two years after showing in Mister Ed, Leo Durocher had a good funnier sitcom look to enrich a championship season. In April 1965, Durocher hosted not a horse, however slightly Herman Munster, the Frankenstein-esque member of the present’s title household, The Munsters. In his Dodgers audition, Herman can hit the ball so arduous that it actually goes by way of an infielder’s glove and knock down a part of a scoreboard. Durocher quips, “I don’t know whether or not to signal him to the Dodgers or ship him to Vietnam.”

three. Vin Scully – A number of Entries

It ought to come to the shock of nobody that Vin Scully accounts for an enormous bulk of Dodger film moments. Had Vinny not been moved by the Giants dropping badly that fateful day on the laundromat, it’s straightforward to check him turning into a strong determine in Hollywood in an alternate timeline. Together with his penchant for storytelling, he might have been an exalted screenwriter on par with Dalton Trumbo and Ernest Lehman.

In fact, the world is a greater place together with his true future as a baseball announcer. However that didn’t hold him from lending his succulent voice to a plethora of flicks concerning the nice recreation. In 1999’s For the Love of the Recreation, he narrates Kevin Costner’s potential good recreation (although the character performs for the Tigers). In 1966’s Fireball 500, he narrates the prologue of one among many Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello automobiles. His first look, 1960’s Wake Me When It’s Over, forged him as a CBS reporter, a nod to his first skilled broadcasting profession with the identical firm.

And that’s all earlier than counting his precise broadcasts within the soundtracks of Experiment in Terror (1962), The Bucket Record (2007), Recreation 6 (2005) and lots of different movies. Befitting of his humble character, Scully downplayed his significance within the film world, assuring he wouldn’t take any position to dilute his concentrate on baseball.

2. Jackie Robinson – The Jackie Robinson Story

Nicely earlier than the franchise nestled itself in Tinseltown, they already had a presence within the film world thanks (unsurprisingly) to Jackie Robinson. Three years after he broke the MLB colour barrier, Robinson, proper within the prime of his profession, performed himself within the 1950 biopic The Jackie Robinson Story.

The thought of any person enjoying themselves in a biopic, particularly when their story is way from completed, could seem cheesy by the fashionable requirements of the style. But TJRS was hardly a hokey cash-in, starring the legendary Ruby Dee as Rachel Robinson and shot by esteemed cinematographer Ernest Laszlo.

Fortuitously, the movie was a field workplace and significant success. Robinson’s efficiency even garnered reward from the notoriously stringent movie critic Bosley Crowther, who glowed: “..Mr. Robinson, doing that uncommon factor of enjoying himself within the image’s lead position, shows a relaxed assurance and composure that is perhaps envied by many a Hollywood star.”

1. Mike Scioscia and Steve Sax – The Simpsons

There exists no higher barometer of American tradition for the previous three many years than The Simpsons. In case you are a determine of any renown, lending your voice to a yellow simulacrum of your self is actually a common measure of significance.

It’s all the higher in case you do it in one of many present’s best episodes. In 1992, Mike Scioscia and Steve Sax (the latter a Yankee on the time) loved that distinction once they and lots of different MLB superstars appeared in “Homer on the Bat.” The story follows Homer Simpson’s heroics main the Springfield Nuclear Energy Plant softball group all the best way to the championship recreation.

Mr. Burns makes a attribute big guess that his workforce will win, and enlists Scioscia, Sax, Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, and Jose Canseco to make sure it. However then a humorous factor occurs: one after the other, virtually all the gamers are misplaced to a freak accident earlier than the large recreation. Sax is pulled over and arrested for each unsolved homicide in New York Metropolis, whereas Scioscia contracts radiation poisoning from his job on the energy plant.

With savvy baseball references and a gut-busting decision, “Homer on the Bat” is extensively considered one of many best episodes in 30 years of the present. To not point out, as some might keep in mind, the Terry Cashman parody (sung by Cashman himself) in the course of the finish credit impressed the identify for one of many unique Dodger blogs.

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