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The Mighty Casey 

A down-and-out baseball team's fortunes are lifted by a mysterious but seemingly unbeatable young player.

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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 garykmcd

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When Casey returns to the locker room with a heart teammates surrounded him welcoming him back including uncredited Dom Deluise. See more »

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In a shot of the stadium, there are palm trees, which cannot be found in New Jersey. See more »

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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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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"I don't know anybody named Joe DiMaggio, sir…"
4 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Right after the greatest episode of "The Twilight Zone" season one – the downright phenomenal "The After Hours" – regretfully comes one the weakest episodes… "The Mighty Casey" is a rather goofy, childish, uninteresting and tension-free tale about bad baseball teams and sentimental human emotions. In other words, two subject that yours truly doesn't hope to find in his favorite Science- Fiction TV-show. Jack Warden plays the coach of an awfully performing baseball team, the Hoboken Zephyrs, which suddenly sees the opportunity to become successful thanks to the incredible talents of their new pitcher. The reason why odd Casey is such a fantastic player, however, is because he's an emotionless robot. When the foul play gets discovered, Casey's creator proposes to provide his robot with an actual heart in order to make him even more human, but apparently this physical upgrade has a disastrous impact on his pitching performance. I'm having some difficulties identifying the purpose of this episode. If a brilliant scientist like Dr. Stillman manages to build such a realistic robot like Casey, why would he only use it to play baseball with the lousiest team in history? And what's the moral of this tale, anyway? As soon as you follow your heart and show emotions, you can't be successful in life anymore? If so, that's a pretty lousy and discouraging message.


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