What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 23, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Lt. Lewis Disney (1/15/1910 - 7/20/1976) - "Head of Uniformed Guards (ARMY-McCarthy Hearings)" (salaried; from Hyattsville, MD; see notes below about the Hearings)

Game 2: Mrs. Cora Sayler - "Washes Cows (At Dairy Farm)" (salaried; she works for Walker-Gordon Dairy Farm; she cleans the cows with a hose; from Cranbury, NJ; as a joke on the panel, she also will appear on EPISODE #229 of October 17, 1954, and she will stump the panel for a second time!)

Game 3: Ted Williams (8/30/1918 - 7/5/2002) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Dorothy Gerhardt - "Exterminator" (salaried; from Holyoke, MA)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • TODAY'S BASEBALL GAME: On Sunday, May 23, 1954, the Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Tonight's mystery guest, Ted Williams, was 2 for 3 with three runs scored. He singled and scored a run in the ninth inning, taking his part in a two run rally in the top of the ninth where the Red Sox extended their lead to 10-7. The Yankees scored two home runs in the bottom of the ninth before losing the game, with the score resting at 10-9. - cerfnet (2009)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down because time was running short. He did the same thing at five down for the second contestant, but the panel had managed to figure out that she was associated with cows. Despite the earlier time shortages, there was a small amount of time available for a final contestant. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because, again, time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

        BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 8, 2006 and again on July 29, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a figure from the world of baseball, as a tie-in to the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The first players were inducted in 1936, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, New York opened in 1939. - W-B (2006)

        (1) GSN "REGULAR ROTATION" AIRING TALLY: After the aforementioned 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame tribute airings, GSN next showed this episode in its regular rotation on June 6, 2008. Previously, tonight's show aired in "regular rotation" on January 20, 2005, and before that, on December 8, 2002.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For the third straight week, the main sponsor is Stopette and Poof!
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST TED WILLIAMS: For his sole appearance on "WML?" tonight, Ted Williams' nameplate is set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font. Besides his career as a ballplayer, Mr. Williams later became a baseball manager. In 1969, he was named skipper of the (second) Washington Senators team. Under his leadership that year, they had their only winning season in the history of its 1961-1971 run in the Nation's Capital, with 86 wins and 76 losses, a .531 percentage, and a fourth-place finish. The "Splendid Splinter" remained manager through 1972, the franchise's first year as the Texas Rangers.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's jaded and jarring proclivity for "crunching" the end credits unjustly manifested itself on GSN's June 6, 2008 telecast of this episode.
        (5) Right after the June 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN reran the February 7, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen, the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and the celebrity guest (and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" star) Robert Morse. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was one night the panel probably wished they would have stayed home. The panel was stumped by the first contestant who was the chief of the armed guards at the Army-McCarthy Hearings. Since the hearings are currently in session, there have been numerous references made to them over the previous three episodes. The panel also was stumped by the second contestant who washed cows. However, Bennett made the successful guess in the mystery guest round when he correctly identified the "Splendid Splinter" himself, Ted Williams. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to form and was yet again stumped by the female exterminator, who then won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        TED WILLIAMS: As Bennett mentioned when he made the correct guess of Ted Williams, Ted had served in the Marines. In fact, he served two hitches with the USMC. The first time was during World War II. The year before he joined, Williams became the last player to hit .400 for a season. His second hitch came during the Korean War, where he served in the same squadron with future astronaut/Ohio Senator John Glenn. Interestingly enough, Williams lost five years of his baseball career due to his military service. It has been speculated that if it weren't for his military service, Williams might have had over 3,000 career base hits. In addition, more importantly, he would have wound up with over 700 career home runs, which would have put him within striking distance of Babe Ruth's then major league record of 714 homers. However, the highlight of Williams' career came on his final career at bat in 1960 when he hit a home run to close out his illustrious career. - Sargebri (2005)

        TED WILLIAMS: I'm a sports writer, and in 1985, I was in Cooperstown, NY for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. While I was in the hotel using the pay phone, a big guy came up to the phone next to me, trying to make a long-distance call. I suppose the operator cut him off, because he got a little steamed and said, "All right, then!" and put the phone receiver down hard. It was Ted Williams, who, of course, hated sports writers. - Bill Savage (August 2004)

      • ARMY-MCCARTHY: During the Army-McCarthy Hearings, Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin accused members of the United States Army of communist leanings. The hearings started on April 22, 1954 and lasted until June 17, 1954. These hearings were the first Congressional hearings ever to be viewed on television. Televised live to an audience of millions, kinescopes of these hearing were later used to produce documentaries. - Suzanne (2005)

        AT LAST, A WORLD SERIES VICTORY: The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 to sweep the World Series in four games. This win brought the city of Boston, Massachusetts its first World Series title since 1918. Baseball legend Ted Williams, who spent his entire 17-year baseball-playing career (1939-1942, 1946-1960) with the Red Sox, died on July 5, 2002. Williams is generally considered to be one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, hitting for both power and average. He is the last player to have hit over .400 for a full season, in 1941. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Ted Williams talks about how he was surprised that the Boston Red Sox came from behind that day and beat the Yankees 10-9. After his identity is revealed, Ted says that Bennett probably recognized his voice. Bennett says it's an honor to be on the same stage with the great baseball hitter. - Jim's TV Collectables (2005)

        ALOHA JOHN: Bennett tells us that John Daly will be going to Honolulu, Hawaii for a vacation. John then elaborates on the topic, telling us that he'll be flying on a United Airlines DC-7 aircraft. John marvels at the airspeed which will allow him to have breakfast in New York, lunch in San Francisco and dinner at the famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Arlene held up the June 1954 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine and said that Bennett's wife, Phyllis Cerf, had painted an "engaging verbal portrait" of Bennett in an article in the monthly publication. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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