What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 13, 1959 on CBS



  • Notes

    • NOT PAYING ATTENTION: For some reason, John is forgetful tonight. At least twice, he makes comments to the panel that are incorrect. John pronounces that certain contestant facts have not been elicited, when they in fact have been discussed. At one point, Bennett brings attention to John's lack of concentration. This almost certainly embarrassed John Daly. It was a very rare event to see John so preoccupied with something else that he forgot what had transpired during game play. - Suzanne (2005)

      REVIEW: After the previous week's near perfecto, the panel reverted to the performances of the preceding weeks and did rather poorly. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded due to the fact that they probably would have recognized former Dodger executive Branch Rickey, especially guest panelist (and former baseball player) Chuck Connors. Arlene did identify Rickey, but then John decided in favor of Mr. Rickey because they didn't identify his line, which was president of the proposed Continental Baseball league. In the second game, the panel was so far off the beaten path that the fingerprint expert from White Plains won the full prize by default. Things went from bad to worse in the mystery guest round, as they ran out of time and handed over what probably was June Allyson's first victory on the show. Ironically, June did use her distinctive voice, but it was to imitate Tallulah Bankhead. Another thing that was ironic was the fact that Bennett mentioned her name during a brief conference. Unfortunately, Arlene wasn't paying attention and went on a different tack. June was on the show to promote her upcoming series "The DuPont Show with June Allyson." The Allyson win pretty much put a capper on this miserable evening. - Sargebri (2005)

      Guest panelist Chuck Connors did an okay job for his first appearance on What's My Line? and was able to put in a decent rookie performance. At the time of his appearance on the show tonight, he was also appearing on the classic Western TV series "The Rifleman." However, it was also mentioned during the show that prior to his becoming an actor, he was a pretty good all-around athlete. Of course, he was most famous for his time with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a first baseman. However, he also played football and basketball. In fact, he was so good at basketball, that he played with the Boston Celtics. - Sargebri (2005)

      As Mr. Rickey pointed out, he was on the show to help promote the proposed Continental Baseball League which was supposed to begin play in 1961. Unfortunately, the league never did take off and died before a single game could be played. However, the five cities he did mention (New York, Minneapolis, Houston, Denver and Toronto) would eventually get major league teams. In 1961, the original Washington Senators moved from Washington D.C. to Minneapolis and became the Minnesota Twins. In 1962, the National League would return to New York when the Mets joined in 1962. Also in 1962, Houston got the Colt .45's (later the Astros) when the National League expanded that year. In 1976, Toronto would get an American League franchise when the Blue Jays came into the league. Finally, in 1993 after years of trying to land a team, Denver would finally get one when the Colorado Rockies began play in the National League. - Sargebri (2005)

      Even though Branch Rickey failed in getting the Continental Baseball League off the ground, he did make an even bigger contribution to baseball, one that would make an impact far beyond the diamond. Years earlier, in 1946, he decided that it finally was time for baseball's color barrier to be broken and he was responsible for the signing of Jackie Robinson. Not only did this start the process of integrating baseball, it also began the slow and difficult process of integrating America as well. In addition, Branch Rickey was also responsible for other new innovations to baseball, such as creating the framework to the modern minor league farm system. - Sargebri - Sargebri (2005)

      MORE ON THE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE: The Continental League was actually a ruse DESIGNED to get Major League Baseball to expand. It was the brainchild of one William A. Shea (sound familiar? Shea Stadium), a New York lawyer with many political contacts. He was entrusted by various politicians/businessmen to find a way to bring National League baseball back to NYC after the Giants and Dodgers left for the west coast in 1957. Not being able to convince any other NL team to move, he realized that the only way to do it would be to FORCE baseball to expand by forming a "new" league, one that would include many cities and areas not served by baseball at the time. MLB, outside of the Dodgers and Giants, at this time did not exist north of Milwaukee, or south of St. Louis. Shea deliberately went after areas with powerful members of Congress, such as Texas and Minnesota, finding owners with big pocketbooks to own them. He then declared that he would challenge baseball's monopoly by going after players with expired contracts, and by lobbying Congress hard. He brought Mr. Rickey (who had more than a few beefs with the baseball establishment), in as his president for instant legitimacy. Baseball finally saw the light and decided to expand, using some of the cities and owners of the original Continental group, including, of course, New York. - exapno (2005)