Sam Malone’s Lucky Bottle Cap

A guy walks into a bar. It’s an introduction to the classic setup and punch line joke format.  It’s also the way that many episodes of Cheers began. An NBC situation comedy set in an eponymous Boston bar modeled after the Bull & Finch Pub, Cheers took...

Bay City Blues

Five years before Ron Shelton turned his script for Bull Durham into his directorial dbut, NBC aired Bay City Blues, which introduced millions of people to the pleasures, idiosyncrasies, and slightly desperate aura surrounding the minor leagues.  NBC’s prime...

Robinson vs. Buckley

Jackie Robinson, the black knight who rescued baseball from the claws of segregation, accomplished his mission neither immediately nor solitarily.  His was a burden of entrenched bigotry, racial taunts, and blind ignorance.  When Branch Rickey selected Robinson, his...