Sandy Koufax, Leo Durocher, and Mr. Ed

While doing some basic, run-of-the-mill web browsing this weekend, I stumbled upon Vin Scully’s IMDB page. I glanced through the listing and something interesting caught my eye: “Mister Ed – Announcer, 1963” in an episode called “Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed.” There was an episode of “Mr. Ed” where Vin Scully and the Dodgers were featured enough that Leo Durocher’s name was listed in the title? Now that’s something I have to see!

Thanks to the wonders of the future, I didn’t have to go very far at all. The entire episode is rather easy to find on YouTube. Now, I’ve never seen an episode of “Mr. Ed” before, so I didn’t know what to expect. It is absolutely ridiculous (and dumb) at times, but, considering we’re talking about a show whose main character is a talking horse, I think that’s par for the course.

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The basic premise is that the Dodgers are busy stinking it up, so Mr. Ed calls Durocher on the dugout phone (pretending to be Wilbur) in Candlestick Park to tell him to have Moose Skowron lower his right shoulder. He does, and Skowron hits the game-winning homer, so Durocher calls Wilbur back and invites him out to Dodger Stadium for some more tips. They get out there and Mr. Ed (through Wilbur) is able to help Willie Davis work out a kink in his swing. Durocher and the guys are thrilled and everyone’s happy.

Oh, and Mr. Ed steps into the batter’s box and takes a swing off of Sandy Koufax. The ball goes to the wall and Mr. Ed is able to beat the throw home for an inside-the-park home run. He even slides and everything. It is just as dumb as that sounds.

I’ve included the full six-minute scene of Wilbur & Mr. Ed at Dodger Stadium with Leo Durocher, Willie Davis, Johnny Roseboro, Moose Skowron, and Sandy Koufax. Give it a watch and marvel at what the world found entertaining fifty years ago. The Mr. Ed/Sandy Koufax face-off starts at the 4:45 mark.

Oh, and I most certainly timed his inside-the-parker. Mr. Ed rounded the bases in 24.78 seconds. That means Mr. Ed – a horse, mind you – runs out a home run in about the same time as it takes Manny Ramirez or Todd Helton (on average). This may be the most unbelievable part of the whole episode.

Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.