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Phil Rizzuto, RIP

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    Linneman

    [1]Aug 14, 2007
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    Phil Rizzuto, the Hall of Fame Yankee shortstop, is dead at 89. He was the mystery guest on the first WML episode, 57 years ago.
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    iluvwml

    [2]Aug 15, 2007
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    Is it possible that GSN will rerun the the first episode as a tribute? Or is this just not feasible? Do they even have this episode?
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    astorino

    [3]Aug 15, 2007
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    His four "What's My Line?" appearances were all early ones:

    1. EPISODE #1 dated 2 February 1950 - Mystery Guest

    2. EPISODE #328 dated 16 September 1956 - Guest Panelist

    3. EPISODE #331 dated 7 October 1956 - Guest Panelist

    4. EPISODE #373 dated 28 July 1957 - Guest Panelist

    Too bad he wasn't on the final 1967 show.

    It was nice that he had a long life.

    R.I.P. Phil Rizzuto

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    billsav57

    [4]Aug 15, 2007
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    As I've written on here before, I got to meet Phil several years ago and never forgot what a down-to-earth guy he was. And he was the perfect first mystery guest for the new WML in 1950. He would have his best season that summer -- winning the MVP award -- and was also a New Yorker, which fit in with the general theme of that show. His presence set the template by which mystery guests could come from all sorts of walks of life -- sports, politics, the literary world -- in addition to actors and actresses. Talking to Phil was like talking to many of the great Yankees at once. He would tell you what DiMaggio thought about this, or what Mickey said about that. If you had an uncle whose stories you liked to hear, that was him.
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    W-B

    [5]Aug 16, 2007
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    astorino wrote:
    His four "What's My Line?" appearances were all early ones:

    1. EPISODE #1 dated 2 February 1950 - Mystery Guest

    2. EPISODE #328 dated 16 September 1956 - Guest Panelist

    3. EPISODE #331 dated 7 October 1956 - Guest Panelist

    4. EPISODE #373 dated 28 July 1957 - Guest Panelist

    Too bad he wasn't on the final 1967 show.

    It was nice that he had a long life.

    R.I.P. Phil Rizzuto


    He did do one more appearance, though - on the syndicated version, 20 years to the month after the CBS debut, and as on that first show, he was a mystery guest. It aired, I recall, in that whole month-long tribute GSN aired that was tied into the Baseball Hall of Fame's 70th anniversary in 2006. The funny thing was, by 1970 the WML? dress code had come full circle from the 1950 debut.

    Edited on 08/16/2007 4:54am
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    agent_0042

    [6]Aug 16, 2007
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    Yeah, that's right. I was going to ask about that the other night, but TV.com was acting up --- wouldn't let me respond to anything. Thanks for the info.
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    W-B

    [7]Aug 18, 2007
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    And in any case, it'll be awhile before we find out if such a tribute will air - GSN will pre-empt WML? this weekend (the 19th/20th) for a Merv Griffin tribute.
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