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The time Jerry Lewis got a hit for the Houston Astros

Jan 31, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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With the entire sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the Olympics, this just smells like it’s going to be another slow day. So I don’t have any compunction over linking to a story from 1973 about comedian Jerry Lewis, then 47 years old, playing first base for the Astros in an exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers. He even got a hit. There are pics there of Lewis in what I feel like were the best Astros uniforms of all time, too.

50 year-old coaches for each team did the pitching so it’s not like Lewis took Mickey Lolich downtown or anything, but that’s still pretty impressive. Not quite as impressive as I thought the movie “Hardly Working” was when I was eight years-old, but impressive all the same.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Hardly Working strikes me as a great title for a movie about a basement baseball blogger, too. Perhaps you had met your destiny and just didn’t know it at the time.

    Then again, it’s not a half bad title for a movie about a retired college professor either….

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Or a movie about any other run of the mill office worker who spends most of their work day writing comments on baseball blogs…

      • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Or bureaucrats – can you classify the harassment of citizens as “work”?

      • chacochicken - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        What about a cross of Caine from Kung fu and Wyandotte rooster who wanders minor league ball parks solving crimes?

      • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        They have a name for that “walk the Earth” shyte, Chaco. It’s called being a bum.

      • chacochicken - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Coincidentally, we for hire archaeologists are often referred to as shovel bums.

  2. gerryb323 - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Lewis actually got his hit against Mike Straher, a real pitcher for the Tigers!

    • gerryb323 - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      *Strahler…EDIT FUNCTION!

  3. stex52 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Ah, yes. Great moments in Astros team history. Move on folks. Nothing to see here.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      ^^worst homer ever

    • stex52 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Boy, you should get together with the Astros’ hard case fans on this blog. They are all over me for my negativity.

      I think in my later years I have just become something of a “Don’t try to blow sunshine up my ……” type.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        I just had to tease you a little. It’s okay to enjoy some heinie sunshine sometimes, btw. Some of it is harmless fun.

      • jeffa43 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        I also know I am the guy that said … When Albert hit the ball off Lidge…

        “It’s to high,,, it’s to high ….

        Jk … Soon as it left the bat, Andy Pettitte and I both said …

        Oh my God..

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        See Stex? It’s perfectly fine and natural to have stuff up your heinie. No less authority than Historio has vouched for it!

    • jeffa43 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Stex, you are just the Randy Quaid of the movie Major League..

      You are still one of us… And in October of 2015, when we win it all, I expect a lot of compliments about how well the team was ran these last couple years.

      Good times ahead my friend, we are on our way to success.

  4. mikhelb - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    “With the entire sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the Olympics”

    Not everybody though… tomorrow the Caribbean Baseball Series will begin!!

    That same day México will play in the Latinoamerican Baseball Series championship game, today Colombia will play versus the winner of Panamá vs Nicaragua to define Mexico’s rival.

    In 2013 México won both tournaments against the champion teams of the winter leagues from: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia and Panamá.

    The Caribbean Series will air in its totality (a week) on ESPN Deportes in the US with games at 11:30 AM (PST) and 5:30 PM (PST)… the first day it’ll be:

    Puerto Rico Vs. Dominican Republic –> 11:30 AM (PST)
    Cuba Vs. México –> 5:30 PM (PST)

    México Vs. Puerto Rico
    Cuba Vs. Venezuela

    • mikhelb - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Oh… and the Latinoamerican Series can be seen online on their webpage: serielatinoamericana dot com

    • brewcitybummer - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      To be fair, if we really mean sports “world”, then today is best known as January transfer deadline day.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    They should think about bringing him back.

    There’s a good chance he could crack the starting lineup with that kind of offense.

    • abaird2012 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      It took ten comments for somebody to finally get there.

  6. anxovies - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Jerry’s legacy will forever be scarred by his inexplicable popularity with the excremental French.

    • Old Gator - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Aw, but think about how well he ate over there. Bet you he never had to pick up a tab. And where else could Jerry Lewis get laid? Cut the man some slack, babe.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        As an aside, do you think we could have some of the zany characters of old with their on-field antics anymore? Or, would the current “play-it-the-right-way” culture prevent such a thing?

    • acepicker4 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Well there wrong. It’s Jan Murray. #CliffClaven

      • acepicker4 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        “They’re” aarghh! spellcheck

  7. 6stn - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Bring him back for a long-gone promotional gimmick. Re-named “Hey, Ladies!” Day.

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