What's My Line?

Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 16, 1950 on CBS
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Game 1: "Bill Collector" (a female)

Game 2: "Junk Dealer" (a male)

Game 3: Jackie Robinson (1/31/1919 - 10/24/1972) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Tuba Player" (a female)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2006) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

    Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

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      • JACKIE ROBINSON: Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first baseball player to break the color barrier that segregated major league baseball for more than fifty years. Born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919, Robinson excelled early at all sports and learned to make his own way in life. In college at UCLA, Robinson became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. Following service in World War II, Jackie played one season in the Negro Baseball Leagues, traveling throughout the Midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs.

        In November 1945, Robinson was signed by Branch Rickey to a contract to play with the Montreal Royals, and he played for them in 1946. The Montreal Royals was the top farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1947, moving up to the major league, Robinson attended spring training with the Brooklyn Dodgers. On April 15, 1947, he played his first major league game at Ebbets Field, going 0 for 3, and in doing so, pioneered the integration of professional athletics in America. During this season, he was named Rookie of the Year in the National League. He hit 12 home runs, led the league with 29 steals, hitting .297.

        In 1949, he was selected as the National League Most Valuable Player and also won the batting title with a .342 average. He played until 1956 and participated in six World Series, winning his lone championship in the magical year of 1955. As a result of his great success, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

        Jackie Robinson worked tirelessly for civil rights in America through the 1960's. He made a dramatic appearance at the 1972 World Series, only days before his death, insisting that he looked forward to the day when a Black man could be the manager of a baseball team. His dream came true following his death when future "WML?" mystery guest Frank Robinson was named player manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1974. - cerfnet (2008)

      • TODAY'S BASEBALL GAME: On Wednesday, August 16, 1950, the Dodgers and Giants played a 2:30 PM game at the Polo Grounds. Jackie Robinson, tonight's "WML?" mystery guest and current National League MVP, went 1 for 4, dropping his batting average to .343. This batting average was second-only in the league to future "WML?" mystery guest Stan Musial, who was hitting .361. The Giants beat the Dodgers 16 to 7, beginning with a nine run first inning. Sal Maglie, a future "WML?" mystery guest, pitched his sixth complete game in a row, getting the win. If not for the two three-run homers by Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges, yet another future "WML?" mystery guest, the score would have been even more lopsided. Other future "WML?" alumnae mystery guests at this game included: Leo Durocher, who was the Giants manager; Russ Hodges, who was the Giants broadcaster on radio; and Duke Snider, who was the Dodgers center fielder that day. In addition, Red Barber, a one-time guest panelist, was the Dodgers broadcaster on radio. - cerfnet (2008)

      • "WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR(S)": Though this "classic CBS" episode is unfortunately lost to history, Jackie Robinson went on to appear in another "WML?" episode in its 1968-1975 color syndicated incarnation when he reprised his role as the mystery guest on a episode which was taped on November 20, 1969. The host of the 1969 show was Wally Bruner, and the panel on that occasion consisted of Soupy Sales, Joanna Barnes, Bert Convy and Arlene Francis, who was the only other person besides Mr. Robinson to have been on both this lost 1950 episode and the syndicated 1969 edition.

        This future syndicated episode aired on GSN on July 8, 2006 and again on July 31, 2006 as part of a month-long tribute which was tied in with the Baseball Hall of Fame. It aired once more on GSN on April 16, 2007, as the second show in the "Black and White Overnight" block, following the airing of the "classic CBS" "WML?" EPISODE #776 of August 8, 1965. - W-B (2006 & 2007)

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.

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