Season 1 Episode 29

Return of the Hero

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Apr 04, 1968 on NBC



  • Allusions

    • Marichal vs. Drysdale, Dodgers vs. Giants, final game of a 3-game series at Candlestick Park.

      This is the second episode in which a Dodgers-Giants game is referenced. Please refer to the episodeSomething For Nothing for details on the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Juan Marichal and Candlestick Park.

      A reference to Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale (1936–1993), who pitched his entire career for the Dodgers from 1956 (when they were still the Brooklyn Dodgers) to 1969. The right hander had a career record 209-166 striking out 2,486 in 3,432 innings pitched. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
      After his retirement, he went on to have a successful broadcasting career not only with the Dodgers, but also with the Montreal Expos (1970-1971), Texas Rangers (1972), California Angels (1973-1979), Chicago White Sox (1982-1987) and ABC Sports (1978-1986).
      At age 56, he died in his hotel room in Montreal, Quebec on July 3, 1993 from a heart attack.