Hollywood history from Mark Langill
This month’s release of the movie, “Bluetopia,” (which includes the blue carpet premiere tonight) is the latest project to bridge Dodger baseball and the Hollywood entertainment community. Director Timothy Marx takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 Dodger season through the eyes of everyone from players and coaches to fans from all walks of life.
When the Dodgers hosted their first game in Los Angeles on April 18, 1958, the crowd of more than 78,000 at the Coliseum included such sports and entertainment personalities as Edward G. Robinson, Chuck Connors, Walter Winchell, Babe Herman, Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory Peck, Danny Kaye, Burt Lancaster, Jack Lemmon, Nat King Cole, Danny Thomas, Buddy Rogers, Ralph Edwards, John Ford, Ted Husing, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Gene Autry, Groucho Marx, Jo Stafford, Paul Weston, George Jessel, Jimmy Stewart and Dennis Morgan.
Behind the Dodger dugout, comedian Ray Bolger and his wife wore “His” and “Her” Army surplus helmets on which he had painted “L.A. DODGER BEANBALL PROTECTOR.”
Right-hander Carl Erskine, who started the game and defeated the Giants, 6-5, recalled his teammates weren’t always concentrating on the ballgame. “Somewhere during the game, I looked into the dugout and saw three or four of my teammates with their heads turned and looking into the stands,” he said. “They were looking for movie stars like Cary Grant and Danny Kaye.”
Here’s hoping our guys are paying attention today at the 12:40…this is the lineup (and note, Scott Elbert will be coming up in place of Cory Wade, who is going to the 15-day DL)