Friday, July 22, 2016

THE HAT SQUAD: HECTOR BABENCO




Héctor Babenco, the Argentina-born Brazilian director whose films often examined deep political and class divisions and was best known for his Oscar-winning "Kiss of the Spider Woman", died Wednesday night [07/13/16] in Sao Paulo following a heart attack. He was 70.

From the IMDb:


Hector Babenco was born on February 7, 1946 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Héctor Eduardo Babenco. He was a director and writer, known for "Carandiru" (2003), "Pixote" (1981) and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985). He was married to Bárbara Paz, Raquel Arnaud and Xuxa Lopes. He died on July 13, 2016 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

He also directed "Ironweed" with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.

Babenco is of note for Toobworld because one of his movies was absorbed into the TV Universe.  "Carandiru" could be found in Earth Prime-Time, at least one of the Borderlands, or perhaps in both.

"Carandiru" was based on a true story,,,,,

Again, from the IMDb:

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience and mainly stories the tragic stories of hideous crimes which landed scum there and passionate dramas adding otherwise decent people. Just when he believes [he can make] the prisoners happy with a soccer tournament, a silly clothing line argument kick-starts a politically opportune revolt repression.
- Written by KGF Vissers

Film based on real life experiences of Doctor Drauzio Varella inside dreadful State penitentiary Carandiru, in São Paulo, Brazil, while he was doing social work of AIDS' prevention. There he found hundreds of convicts living under degrading conditions. The situation came to a climax in 1992, when in order to smother a rebellion, [the] police force killed 111 men.
- Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

Two years later, Babenco followed it up with a ten episode series 'Carandiru' in which Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos reprised his film role of the "Medico*".  In fact, at least sixteen actors returned to the series as the characters they played in the film:


Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos [seen above]...
Médico

Ivan de Almeida...
Nego Preto

Ailton Graça...
 Majestade 

Milton Gonçalves...
Chico

Gabriel Braga Nunes...
Sérgio 

Antônio Grassi...
Seu Warden Pires (as Antonio Grassi)

Aida Leiner...
Rosirene 

Maria Luísa Mendonça...
 Dalva 

Lázaro Ramos...
Ezequiel 

Robson Nunes...
Dada 

Caio Blat...
Deusdete 

André Ceccato...
Barba aka Beard

Vanessa Gerbelli...
Célia

Sabrina Greve...
Catarina

Floriano Peixoto...
Antonio Carlos 

Dionísio Neto...
Lula 

However, there was one recastaway in the series:

TV Universe
Aury Porto...
Mário Cachorro

Cineverse
Régis Santos...
Mário Cachorro (as Regis Santos)


I'm not sure if I should just cite Occam's Razor and say that minor detail is enough to keep both versions of "Carandiru" separated in their own fictional universes, or, at best, relegate the series and movie to a cinematic Borderland only.  I could always go "out there" and make a claim of quantum leaping, shape-shifters, or - ho-hum - plastic surgery.

LOL - at this point, I should probably point out that I have seen neither the movie nor the TV series of "Carandiru".

At any rate, that is Mr. Babenco's contribution to my televisiological studies.

Good night and may God bless Hector Babenco.....


* I'm not exactly sure if Vasconcelos was playing Dr. Varella since the real Dráuzio Varella (seen above) is listed as making an unredited appearance as "Himself".  (Yes, I know the IMDb is not always reliable.  I'm thinking he made an appearance but just as an extra, much like Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff" while Sam Shephard played Yeager.)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

LEAGUE OF THEMSELVES: REMEMBERING SONNY TUFTS



From Wikipedia:

Bowen Charlton "Sonny" Tufts III (July 16, 1911 – June 4, 1970) was an American stage, film and television actor and opera singer.

After graduating from Yale in 1935, Tufts auditioned with the Metropolitan Opera in New York but eventually worked on the Broadway stage. He appeared in the stage show "Who's Who" and "Sing for Your Supper". Tufts then began singing in hotels and nightclubs. A Yale classmate of Tufts' later convinced him to move to Hollywood to begin a career as an actor. Upon arriving in Hollywood, Tufts' friend, hotel manager Jack Donnelly, accompanied Tufts to Paramount Pictures and introduced him to a casting director Joe Egli. Egli shot a screen test with Tufts who was then signed to Paramount. His first role was as Kansas, an affable Marine and love interest of Paulette Goddard in the 1943 World War II romantic drama "So Proudly We Hail!". The film was a critical and box office hit, largely due to the three female leads: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake. Tufts' performance was praised by critics and the role served as a launching pad for Tufts' career. After the release of the film, Tufts received 1700 fan letters a week and was named "The Find of 1943." The following year, Tufts was cast opposite Olivia de Havilland in the comedy "Government Girl". That same year, he was voted the number one "Star of Tomorrow" by exhibitors.

Before filming of "So Proudly We Hail!" was complete, director Mark Sandrich commissioned "So Proudly"'s screenwriter Allan Scott to write a vehicle for Tufts and his co-star Paulette Goddard. That film, entitled "I Love a Soldier", was released in 1945. During World War II, Tufts' popularity continued to rise principally because, due to an old college football injury, he was one of the few male actors not serving overseas in the war. By the early 1950s, Tufts' popularity began to wane and his career began to decline. In 1953, Tufts was cast opposite Barbara Payton in the low budget comedy film Run for the Hills. Later that year, he co-starred in another low budget film, "Cat-Women of the Moon". Tufts' career briefly rebounded when he was cast in a small role in the comedy "The Seven Year Itch", starring Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe. In 1956, Tufts had a supporting role in drama "Come Next Spring" for Republic Pictures.

Tuft's career decline was compounded by his alcoholism and his off-screen antics. In February 1954, a 19-year-old dancer named Margarie Von accused Tufts of biting her on the right thigh while she was relaxing aboard a yacht docked off the coast of Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach. Von sued Tuft for $26,000 claiming the bite left a three inch scar. Von later settled for $600. In March 1954, a stripper named Barbara Gray Atkins sued Tufts for $25,000 in damages after she claimed he bit her left thigh while he and two friends were visiting her home. Atkins later dropped the lawsuit against Tufts.

After filming "The Parson and the Outlaw" in 1957, Tufts retreated to a ranch in Texas. He returned to acting in 1963 with a guest appearance on 'The Virginian'. His final onscreen role was in the 1968 television movie "Land's End".


His televersion on Earth Prime-Time is confirmed by his cameo as himself in an episode of 'My Mother The Car' ("And Leave The Drive-In To Us") and in Skitlandia through a series of appearances in episodes of 'Laugh-In'.  In Earth Prime-Time, he appeared in a 1965 movie "Surf Beach Drag Strip" in which he played the father of a character played by Bartelle Carmel, alongside actor Tommy Bland....

Tufts would have been 105 years old today......

BCnU!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

VIDEO SUNDAY HAT SQUAD - REMEMBERING NOEL NEILL



When it was announced last week that Noel Neill had passed away, I'm sure many thought immediately of her work as the first live-action Lois Lane.  (She played the role in two 1940s movie serials, but she was the second Lois Lane on television.)  I confess that's what I did as well, and I wrote about her years as Lois Lane from a Toobworld vantage point just yesterday.

But the role of Lois Lane was not the only one she played on television.  For our Video Sunday showcase, I have four episodes from other TV shows in which she appeared as one of the guest stars.  

I don't think it can be conjectured that any of these roles could be Lois Lane starting over in Life with a new name.  (I might have been more inclined to do so if the shows were broadcast after the death of Superman/Clark Kent in 1964.)  And there are familial connections with the two Western roles that would rule out the possibility that she was forced into starting new lives back in Time, either through the auspices of a Time Traveller like the Doctor, or because of an attack by the Weeping Angel of the Wild Wild West.

So these four roles of Ms. Neill's can be enjoyed on their own without insulting her memory by forcing a connection to Lois Lane with any of them.

'Racket Squad'
"The Long Shot"


With this next offering, the episode was divided into three parts.  But each chapter should flow into the next.....

'Public Defender'
"Let Justice Be Done"


'Cisco Kid'
"Chain Lightning"



My apologies on this next one.  The person who shared it must have speeded up the soundtrack to give everybody chipmunk voices.  I suppose they did so in order to avoid detection by whoever holds the copyright.

'The Lone Ranger'

"The Letter Of The Law"

Good night and may God bless Noel Neill.....


Saturday, July 9, 2016

THE HAT SQUAD: REMEMBERING THE GREATEST LOIS LANE




Posted in the website “Bleeding Cool Comics”:

From Larry Ward, posted to Facebook,

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of my very close friend, actress Noel Neill, the original “live action” Lois Lane from Superman. Noel passed away yesterday at her home in Tucson, Arizona after a long illness. She was 95.


First off, I’m glad to see that Mr. Ward made that distinction of Ms. Neill being the first “live action” Lois Lane. (Not that I would have been surprised – with him being her friend and all….)  It’s as if most writers either dismiss the talents of voice artists, or they must think the toons actually speak for themselves!

DC Comics via the CW television network are embracing the idea of a multiverse, especially with the acquisition of ‘Supergirl’ and the expansion of their film productions.  But they seem willing to accept that all of the previous incarnations of their many superheroes in film and TV actually existed as well in their own dimensions.  We might not be able to ever see Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, and Christopher Reeve cross over from their respective dimensions to interact with Tom Welling, Dean Cain, John Haynes Newton, Gerard Christopher, and Tyler Hoechlin (the Superman soon to arrive on ‘Supergirl’), but the possibility should at least be out there.  (You’ll notice I didn’t mention Henry Cavill, but I’m just paying lip service to the events of the latest movie in the franchise.)

In a way, the Toobworld Dynamic follows the same precept of the Multiverse.  But for the TV Universe, there are thousands of dimensions – as established in ‘Sliders’ – but all of them are within the TV Universe.  (However, certain movies have been absorbed into the TV Universe - including "Superman And The Mole Men", which introduced Phyllis Coates as the first Lois Lane of the TV Univere.)


All other manifestations of the fictional creative spark of Mankind: movies, books, audio dramas, etc, - they can be found in their own universes. So usually, the TV Universe will not concern itself with those comic book characters from the movies.

Usually....




Of all the characters from DC Comics, the one who would be the exception to the rule would be Lois Lane as personified by Noel Neill.  She began “life” in a dimension of the Cineverse, as seen in the 1947 serial starring Kirk Alyn as Clark Kent/Superman (with a second serial in which Supes battled Atom Man.)  But then in the second season of ‘The Adventures Of Superman’, she became the Lois Lane of Earth Prime-Time, replacing Phyllis Coates who played Lois in the “Mole Men” movie and in the first season.

THE ORIGINAL LOIS LANE OF EARTH PRIME-TIME

This is a recastaway discrepancy that I always meant to tackle, and although I had my ideas on how to handle it, it is to my shame that I never got around to it while Ms. Neill was alive.

Oh well.  Better late than never I suppose…..

As I just mentioned, Phyllis Coates was the Lois Lane born on Earth Prime-Time, the planet that was manufactured by the Magratheans.  Her DNA history was a mixture of evolved apes blended with aliens, like the Westerosi refugees from Mondas, the Golganfrincham telephone sanitizers, and donated “seedlings” provided by the Preservers.  (Sorry, Creationists – the Adam & Eve story takes place on the first Earth, Mondas.)  This explains why the TV Lois differed in appearance from the movie Lois; movie Lois didn’t have such a chromosomal back-story.  (I suppose a similar splainin would be needed for why the Superman of Serial Cineverse looked different from the Kryptonian of Earth Prime-Time and all of the other Supermen.)



My splainin for how the first Lois Lane of the Cineverse came to be the most famous Lois Lane of Toobworld, and what happened to the original TV Lois, is pure speculation.  And as a matter of fact, I have several theories as to what may have happened to Phyllis Coates' character.  (But this one is the best for getting Superman out of the TV dimension.)  It’s something that never was seen on our TV screens here in the Trueniverse, and frankly, most of this theory is just to make it a bit more interesting from a creative standpoint.  But I like it and it gave me the chance to throw the Doctor into it as well…..

For me, the major downside to ‘The Adventures of Superman’ (and I’ve written about this before) was the lack of villains to be found from the comic books.  Instead we got an endless array of dumb thugs, personified many times over by Ben Welden.  Where was Lex Luthor?  Brainiac?  And in this case, Mr. Mxyzptlk?

"Mister Mxyztplk" (as his name was originally spelled, originally pronounced mux-ITZ-pulk according to the title “Superman Family”) was introduced as an imp from the fifth dimension. Not being bound by our physical laws, he could do things that seemed to be magical. In his first appearance, Mxyztplk wreaked havoc across Metropolis by using his powers to pull all manner of pranks.


Species:
5th Dimensional Imp (Zrfffian)

Place of origin:
5th Dimension

Notable aliases:
Master Mxyzptlk, Ben DeRoy, countless others

Abilities:
Reality manipulation
Not bound by third dimensional laws
Can alter 3-D laws in a manner that resembles magic
Ability to break the 4th wall along with retconning abilities


Mxyzptlk has appeared in the ‘Superboy’ series and in ‘Lois & Clark’, played by Michael J. Pollard and Howie Mandel respectively.  (I do not count Mikhael Mxysptlk of ‘Smallville’, played by Trent Ford, as having anything in common with the character from the comic books other than the name.)  Had the Zrfffian appeared in 'The Adventures Of Superman', I believe Billy Barty would have been perfect in the role.  (I would have also chosen Billy Curtis, but he already appeared in the Toobworld-absorbed movie about the Mole Men and I think we may be returning to that.....)


No matter who played the Imp, he would have been the perfect “villain” to be the cause for the disappearance of the first Lois (Hereafter to be referred to as Lois-PC.)  Using his “magical” powers, Mxy could have caused Lois-PC to be banished from Earth.  Even worse, he could have banished her to some other Earth in another dimension.

In the time period in which he was active*, Superman was probably the only TV character on Earth who could break through the dimensional vortex and visit the countless alternate Toobworlds in the Multiverse.  (At least the only one who could be seen on our TV screens at the time so that would exclude the Doctor.)  Stashing Lois away in some other dimension would keep Superman busy so that Mxyzptlk could get into all sorts of mischief on Earth Prime-Time without being interrupted.

By flying super fast, Superman was able to pierce the veil between worlds and begin his desperate search for Lois-PC on as many of the myriad Toobworlds as he could.  But when it came to breaking through the walls between universes, that was a different matter and far beyond even his capabilities. 


That’s when he had to call in the help of an old friend of his – a Gallifreyan Time Lord known only as the Doctor.  His TARDIS could easily break through to the relative dimensions of other universes.

And that’s when the Superman of Earth Prime-Time met the Lois Lane of the Serial Cineverse.  (As it is with the TV Universe, there are many sub-dimensions – and thus, several different Supermen – in the Movie Universe.)  At the time he met Lois-NN, however, her life was in grave peril.  Perhaps it was caused by Lex Luthor, teamed up with the Spider Lady, seeking revenge after their defeats by that world’s Superman.  


And where was that Superman?  Since he was not seen again in Serial Cineverse after those two stories, it’s pozz’ble, just pozz’ble, that he was dead.  Movie serials weren’t quite dead yet however**, so I don’t think it was a world-wide catastrophe in which everybody of that world was in danger of imminent death.  It was only Lois-NN whose life may have been in danger… so much so that Superman and the Doctor had no choice but to evacuate her from her home-world.

Or perhaps there was some kind of crossover with a different movie serial.  It could be that she was subjected to experiments by the Martian Mota, from the "Flying Disc Man From Mars" production.  Or maybe her blood had been contaminated by a venom supplied by "The Black Widow", Princess Sombra.  In either scenario, something drastic had to be done - like removing her from the atmosphere of her home-world because it had become toxic to Lois-NN after she was subjected to the poisons coursing through her body.

Superman and the Doctor brought her back with them to the dimension of Earth Prime-Time where her life was no longer in danger.***  There she would have eventually accepted her fate and new world.  She would have had to adjust to the more noticeable changes between her two lives, most notably the change in appearance for her friends and family, especially Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, and Clark Kent.  But at last she reconciled herself with that new life and even went back to work in the new configuration of her old job at the Daily Planet. 



Lois Lane with Jimmy Olsen of the Serial Cineverse [top]
&
Lois Lane now on Earth Prime-Time with TV's first Jimmy Olsen

But something about her rather traumatic experience put the bug in the mind of Lois-NN that there may have been a connection between Clark Kent and Superman; perhaps it was that comparison of the reporter and the Man of Steel of Earth Prime-Time to the memories she had of the “two” men from her Earth which made her realize that the differences were the same in both match-ups.  It was only his superhuman ability to quickly think on his feet that helped Clark to protect his secret identity as Superman.




It all became moot after the death of Superman in 1964.****  Overcome with grief at having lost the second Superman in her life, Lois-NN faded into anonymity, away from the prying eyes of the Toobworld populace.  She may have even adopted several aliases and new life-styles in her later years to avoid the public.  

Eventually, she may have been revisited by the Doctor, who offered her the chance to visit other worlds, other dimensions, even other variations within the Cineverse.  And while on those alternate Earths, she could have met their versions of Superman......




The incarnation of the Doctor who could have visited Lois-NN might have been the Eighth Doctor.  We know there are so many possible adventures he could have had, unseen by the audience viewing at home.  The Eighth Doctor would have been amenable to traveling with an old lady. I'm fairly certain that he did so with Dr. Grace Holloway, staying with the human woman he loved until mortality finally caught up to her and she passed away.)



And that concludes my look at the mystery of the Lois Lane Recastaways of Earth Prime-Time… from the perspective of Lois-NN.  As to what actually happened to Lois-PC, we shall examine that aspect at a later date… perhaps on the birthday of Phyllis Coates, the only cast member from the show who is still with us.

Up, Up, And Away!

O'BSERVATIONS:

* Superman first revealed himself to the public of Earth Prime-Time in September of 1952, when he saved a man falling from a blimp.  According to the leading Toobworld theory, his last known adventure was in 1964 at a Nevada A-bomb test site.  Superman rescued two criminals hiding out there, named Ray Luca and Paulie Taglia.  



** The last movie serial appears to have been the Western "Blazing The Overland Trail" from Columbia in 1956.

*** Just as there was a difference in the chromosome make-up of the humans from the Serial Cineverse as compared to that of the Toobworld humans, so too there could have been a chemical difference in the atmospheres of both worlds.  Whatever was afflicting Lois-NN in her original world, it was eradicated by the exposure to the atmospheric elements of Earth Prime-Time.



**** The Man of Steel was able to shield both Luca and Paulie from the radiation of a test detonation, but in the process his own body was riddled with Kryptonite radiation.  [This was created when a buried vein of Kryptonite was obliterated in the blast.]  In only a matter of days, Superman - and Clark Kent - were dead.  It would be Superman's "pal", Jimmy Olsen, who revealed the truth about Superman in a best-selling book (which would be the source of information behind all those TV Zonks in which TV characters know all about his secret identity.)




Good night and may God bless.  Noel Neill... Lois Lane....  You will both be missed......

Thursday, July 7, 2016

TV-GPS: ZAMBEZIA


From Wikipedia:
Zambezia is the second most-populous province of Mozambique, located in the central coastal region south-west of Nampula Province and north-east of Sofala Province. It has a population of 3,85 million (census 2007). The provincial capital is Quelimane on the Bons Sinais River.

That's in the Trueniverse.  

'WONDER WOMAN'
"MIND STEALERS FROM OUTER SPACE, PART TWO"


For Toobworld, however, Zambezia broke away from Mozambique at some point before December of 1977 and became an independent country, recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

(There is no Toobworld connection to the bird city to be found in the animated movie "Zambezia".)

BCnU!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2016 TOOBITS AWARDS PREVIEW - "ENDEAVOUR" & "THE TEMPLE OF DOOM"


SUPERINTENDENT BRIGHT & CONSTABLE TREWLOVE

'ENDEAVOUR'
"PREY"

Superintendent Bright:
Well, whatever it is, I've given orders it's to be shot on sight.

If it's turned from cattle to human flesh, there'll be no going back.

Believe me, I know.

Craven:
Come across this sort of thing before, have you

Superintendent Bright:
Mm? Oh, yes.  

Constable Trewlove:
Where was this

Superintendent Bright:
In India, before the war.
I was a young subaltern in the Colonial police.
Not far from Pankot, where there'd been all that Thuggee business in '35.
Man-eater had been stalking the fire track between Kot Kindri, Tanakpur, picking off villagers, herdsmen... children.

"Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom" took place one year before "Raiders Of The Lost Ark"... in 1935.

Here's a small excerpt from the Indiana Jones Wiki:
They land in India, where they come to a village with no children. The inhabitants explain that the Thuggee Cult of Pankot Palace has taken all of their children and their sacred stone that protects the village. They then lend the heroes elephants so they can reach the palace.

Because Indy already exists in Toobworld, thanks to the TV series "The Indiana Jones Chronicles" plus the TV movie with Harrison Ford about the world of jazz, we can state with confidence that this is a solid link between the Cineverse and Toobworld.  I'm fairly certain this is the one to beat for Best Crossover Between Toobworld & the Cineverse come the Toobits Awards at the end of the year....

BCnU, Matey!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

VIDEO WEEKEND WITH THE SCHMENGE BROTHERS


Because why not....?














Actually, the reason I thought of them was because of this video sent to me by my cousin Kelly Smith of Teeny Tiny Tarot.....


I think Stan Schmenge may have been breeding....

BCnU!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

SUPERHERO SATURDAY - POWER GIRL WISH-CRAFT


In the past, I've written several times about the villains from the DC Superman comics who should have shown up in 'The Adventures of Superman' and then suggested the actors of that time who could have played the roles.  And I also had a suggestion for Supergirl as well:
But I didn't give much thought to other characters who could have shown up in the course of the series.....


This picture, of course, is just pure fantasy though.  The comic book Power Girl was not created until 1976, almost two decades past the show's run.  ('The Adventures Of Superman' ran until 1958.)

Supergirl was around, but as I've pointed out above, I already have a candidate for that role.

If Power Girl had been around, and we wanted the fantasy to be played out with Marilyn Monroe, she would probably have been available for a one-shot guest appearance only during the first two seasons.  I think it was with "Niagara" in 1953 that her career in the movies really blossomed, although she had quite a few small showcase roles in movies like "All About Eve" and "The Asphalt Jungle".  Once her film work took off, it would have been impossible to get her for the role.  

However, Joi Lansing - who played Sgt. O'Hara in one episode (and who gave birth to Superman's child in the Secret Back-story of Toobworld) - could have returned as Power Girl... if the character had existed back then, of course.

Just sayin', is all......

Friday, July 1, 2016

TVXOHOF, JULY 2016 - WE'RE TALKIN' BASEBALL....


For the month of July as we celebrate the League of Theselves in 2016, I thought a sports figure - specifically a baseball player since it is the time when the Boys of Summer hold sway - would be the perfect choice for the showcase.  And as hard as it is for a Red Sox fan to admit, the greatest candidate for a baseball player who played himself in Earth Prime-Time was a New York Yankee.  

That's right, we're giving a shout out to:

MICKEY MANTLE

From Wikipedia:

Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995), nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" or "The Mick", was an American professional baseball player. Mantle played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees as a center fielder and first baseman, from 1951 through 1968. Mantle was one of the best players and sluggers, and is regarded by many as the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

Mantle was arguably the greatest offensive threat of any center fielder in baseball history. He has the highest career OPS+ of any center fielder and he had the highest stolen base percentage in history at the time of his retirement. In addition, compared to the four other center fielders on the all-century team, he had the lowest career rate of grounding into double plays (by far) and he had the highest World Series on-base percentage and World Series slugging percentage. He also had an excellent 0.984 fielding percentage when playing center field. Mantle was noted for his ability to hit for both average and power, especially tape measure home runs. He hit 536 MLB career home runs, batted .300 or more ten times, and is the career leader (tied with Jim Thome) in walk-off home runs, with a combined thirteen, twelve in the regular season and one in the postseason.

Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956, leading the major leagues in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI). He was an All-Star for 16 seasons, playing in 16 of the 20 All-Star Games that were played. He was an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times and a Gold Glove winner once. Mantle appeared in 12 World Series including 7 championships, and holds World Series records for the most home runs (18), RBIs (40), extra-base hits (26), runs (42), walks (43), and total bases(123).

In 1980, Mantle had a cameo appearance in the 'The White Shadow', and in 1983, he had a cameo appearance in 'Remington Steele' with Whitey Ford.

In 1993 and 1996, Mantle is referenced multiple times in the sitcom 'Seinfeld', specifically the episodes "The Visa" (1993), where Kramer punches him while at a baseball fantasy camp, and "The Seven" (1996), where George Costanza wants to name his future baby 'Seven' based on Mickey Mantle's uniform number.


'The White Shadow'
- "Reunion: Part 2" (1980) 
The central theme of "Reunion" is the empty relationship between Coach Reeves and his father.  Apparently, Jake Reeves had an unemotional relationship with his father as well.  Unbeknownst to Reeves, his father has an inoperable brain tumor.  He refuses hospital care.  At the end of Part 1, he reveals the illness.  In a late-night conversation, barriers are broken and the corner is turned towards a more honest, productive, and fulfilling relationship.

The Reeves men paint New York City red the following night, clearing the air and allowing Coach Reeves to depart for Los Angeles with a clear conscience and a full heart.  During their male bonding night, they meet Mickey Mantle, who recognizes Ken Reeves as a former NBA player.  


'Mr. Belvedere' 
- "The Field" (1989) 
It's George's birthday. He's been pushing Wesley to excel at baseball and when Wesley decides to cheat, George is upset at him and Wesley say she did it for him. When they throw him a party, and help George relive some of life's greatest moments but only shows him at how he has done nothing he set out to do, like play baseball with some greats. So Belvedere decides to give George a different present. The next day at Wesley's game, he arranged for some great players like Hank Aaron, Willy Mays, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, and Ernie Banks to be there. and along with George and Robert Goulet play Wesley's team.


'Remington Steele' 
- "Second Base Steele" (1984) 
A high school baseball team alumnus hires The Remington Steele Agency to find out who is responsible for a series accidents at a sports camp his old team is attending.

'The Jackie Gleason Show' 
- "Lucky Number"
While at a ballgame with Ed, Ralph wins a $1000 as part of a contest at the ball park.  Later when the bread company representative arrives to give him the prize they tell him they want pictures for advertising. Alice points out Ralph called in sick and will lose his job if the pictures are used. 

'Seinfeld'
"The Visa"
Kramer meanwhile returns early from fantasy baseball camp. Kramer it seems tried to brush back Joe Pepitone leading to a bench clearing brawl where Kramer knocked Mickey Mantle unconscious.


"The Seven"
George meets Susan's cousin and her husband. She will soon have a baby but they have yet to choose a name. George tells them he knows exactly what his first child will be called : Seven, in honor of Yankees great Mickey Mantle. Susan hates the name but her cousin thinks it's great and decides to use it. George goes over the top in trying to convince them otherwise.

'Make Room For Daddy'
"Homecoming"
Charley had invited some of the Yankees of the day to the Copa which is where Rusty got his picture taken with Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. 

And in my place of employ, where a member of the TVXOHOF is inside a member of the TVXOHOF, the Mick - and his buddy Billy Martin - look down on me from their place in the lobby.  Apparently they liked to come there to hang out at the Rum House bar.

Makes it almost seem mythic.....

Welcome to yet another Hall of Fame, Mr. Mantle!