Mouth McGarry is the manager of the Hoboken Zephyrs professional baseball team. They are perennial losers and are already so far back in the standings that they have no chance of winning the pennant. McGarry is approached by Dr. Stillman who has a solution for him, Casey, who seems to be an ideal pitcher, the best McGarry has ever seen. The catch is that Casey is a robot. McGarry is eager to win and decides to use Casey without telling anyone. When his ruse is discovered, Dr. Stillman agrees to give Casey a heart to make him more human. The results aren't quite what McGarry had hoped for. Written by
The Zephyrs' uniforms have a National League 75th anniversary patch on the left sleeve, which would place the setting of the story in 1951. See more »
In the final shot, taken from the upper deck of the Zephyrs' ballpark, mountains are visible on the horizon. There are no mountains near Hoboken, New Jersey, home of the Zephyrs. See more »
Once upon a time, there was a major league baseball team called the Hoboken Zephyrs, who, during the last year of their existence, wound up in last place and shortly thererafter wound up in oblivion. There's a rumor, unsubstantiated, of course, that a manager named McGarry took them to the West Coast and wound up with several pennants and a couple of world championships. This team had a pitching staff that made history. Of course, none of them smiled very much, but it happens...
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This is a decent enough episode about a baseball team that must resort to a robot to get the job done. Of course, when the whole cheating thing comes into play, the game is diminished and it becomes about the people in charge and their decisions. It's about what happens when we inject humanity into the equation. When Casey begins to mow down the hitters he is indeed a robot. This is a rock and a hard place. He can't pitch because he's not human--how do we make him human. Like in the Wizard of Oz, we give him a heart. In Damn Yankees there is a song, "You Gotta Have Heart." That's a baseball movie. Of course, once we get a heart, we begin to see that there are others around us that we need to be concerned about. Suffice it to say, those who get their wishes too easily don't always profit very much. This is no exception. But it leaves you with hope that cheating can win out in the end.
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