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The killing pitch: Old-time radio listening, 28 September

The Columbia Workshop: The Day Baseball Died (CBS, 1946)

Santos Ortega presides over a court hearing after a too-revolutionary pitch . . . (Photo: CBS)

I’m not entirely certain that only this series could have dreamed up an absurdist fantasy such as tonight’s offering—in which a World Series is decided on a pitch considered so revolutionary and dangerously unhittable that the Series ends with an umpire’s ruling that triggers a swarming fan riot that triggers a court inquiry and a Congressional investigation into whether the pitch should be allowed to kill the game once and for all.

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I know a guy who didn’t like acting: Old-time radio listening, 25 September

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Keeping Regular Office Hours (NBC, 1949)

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: The Courtship of Elliott Lewis (NBC, 1953)

Elliott Lewis, in 1948, as his Remley is becoming a comic icon despite his discomfort with acting . . . (Photo: NBC)

Nicknamed “Mr. Radio” because of his versatility and practically daily employment as an actor, director, producer, and writer, Elliott Lewis’s heart is deeper in directing, writing, and producing, than it’s ever been in acting. “I never enjoyed acting,” he’ll say many years later. “I was able to do it, because it’s a trick, and it’s a trick that somehow I knew how to do, without any training.”

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