The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 8 Episode 47

August 12, 1956: Phil Silvers (guest host), Teresa Brewer, A Tribute to the Yankees

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 12, 1956 on CBS
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August 12, 1956: Phil Silvers (guest host), Teresa Brewer, A Tribute to the Yankees

Much of this show is a tribute to The Yankees (baseball team) and their wives.
Guest host:
--Phil Silvers (comedian, filling in for Ed who was recuperating from his Aug. 6th auto accident).
--The Platters - "My Prayer" & "Dance With Me Henry."
--Jimmy Komac, Charlotte Rae, Dick Shawn, and Teresa Brewer - "You Gotta Have Heart" (song from the musical Damn Yankees).
--Teresa Brewer - "When I Leave The World Behind" and "I Love Mickey" (with Mickey Mantle's voice coming from off-stage).
--Charlotte Rae (comedian/actress) - does a comedy monolog about dieting and over-eating.
--Dick Shawn (comedian) - does a comedy routine about trying to get into big league baseball, playing for the Yankees, and also mentions Elvis Presley.
Tribute to the Yankees segments:
--Phil Silvers chats with Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees slugger). The two play catch while talking.
--Footage is shown of the wives of the 1956 New York Yankees performing various types of housework.
--Phil introduces the New York Yankees' wives: Mrs. Phil Rizzuto, Mrs. Whitey Ed Ford, Mrs. Mantle, Mrs. Kucks, Mrs. Byrne, Mrs. Sturdivant, Mrs. Yogi Berra, Mrs. Lucy Carey, Mrs. Skowron, Mrs. McDermott, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Bill Dickey, Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. McDougald and Mrs. Morgan.
Also appearing:
--Audience bow: Maurice Gosfield (comedian who plays Private Doberman on Phil's show dressed as his character).
(in costume as his character).
--Phil Silvers introduces Sidney L. James (managing editor of "Sports Illustrated")

Audience bows (Olympic heroes of the past and hopefully the present):
--Floyd Patterson (1952 Olympic Champion - boxing middle weight)
--Vince Ferguson (1956 Olympic Heavy Weight hopeful)
--John B. (Jack) Kelly and his son John Kelly Jr. talk with Phil Sllvers. Note: John B. Kelly was the father of Grace Kelly. He was also the singles and double Sculling champion in the 1920 & 1924 Olympics. John Kelly Jr., Grace Kelly's brother, was a Sculling contender for the 1956 Olympics in Australia.
--Jessie Owens (Olympic Athlete)
--Greg Bell (1956 Olympic Track contender)
--Eleanor Holm (1932 Olympic Swimming champion)
--Patty McCormick & Karen Cohen (1956 Olympic hopefuls)
--Walt Davis (1952 high jump Olympic champion)
--Charles Dumas (1956 Olympic hopeful)
--Parry O'Brien (1952 & 1956 Olympic shot put champion)
--Hewlett Brenner
--Eddie Tolan (Olympic champion in the 1932 100M & 200M runs)
--Bobby Morrow (1956 Olympic Gold Medalist)
--Horace Ashenfelter (1952 Olympic champion in the steeple chase)
--Johnny Hays (1908 Olympic marathon champion)
--Max Truex
--Johnny Weissmuller (100M & 400M swimming champion in the 1924 & 1928 Olympics)
--Dr. Sammy Lee (diving champion in 1952)
--Bill Woolsey (1956 silver medal swimmer)
--Harrison Dillon (100M & 200M hurdle champion in 1948 & 1952)
--Lee Calhoun (1956 Olympic hurdle champion)
--Jack Davis (Olympian)
--Reverend Bob Richards (Olympic pole vaulting champ)
--Rayford Johnson (1956 Silver Medal decathlon Olympian)
--Ray Barbuti (1928 400M Olympic champion)
--Mal Whitfield (1948 & 1952 Olympic champion in the 800M)
--Tom Coutrney (1956 Gold Medalist in the 800M)
--Arnold Sowell (1956 Olympian)


Who was the Episode MVP ?

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan


Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

Announcer (1959-61, 1964-71)

Art Hannes

Art Hannes

Announcer (1949-1964)

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