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Angels in the Outfield (1951) Poster

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Favorite film of Dwight D. Eisenhower when President.
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Bing Crosby appeared in the film because at the time, he was a partial owner (approximately 15%) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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The uncredited hat check girl was played by Barbara Billingsley, future mother of Beaver Cleaver and the jive talking interpreter in Airplane! (1980).
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The uncredited radio announcer was played by Peter Graves, future Impossible Missions Chief and pilot in Airplane! (1980).
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Renowned Hall of Famer Harold "Pie" Traynor, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman, appears toward the end of the film in a cameo. The ballplayer-turned manager-turned sports announcer plays a Pirates coach in the film and also was hired to serve as the film's technical sports advisor.
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The uncredited angel was played by actor James Whitmore.
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Forbes Field was demolished in 1971 after the Pirates moved to Three Rivers Stadium in 1970.
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The player wearing #4 who hits a home run is Ralph Kiner, who was known as a pretty good hitter.
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The manager, McGovern's, apartment number is 316. That's the most quoted scripture from the Bible, John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Perhaps a little subliminal heavenly connection?
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The greenery behind the left field wall behind Forbes Field is known as Shenley Park and the white tomb stone in center field is called the Barney Dreyfuss monument . Dreyfuss was the original owner of the Pittsburgh club.
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For the top of the 9th inning, the Pirates are shown taking the field but without wearing baseball gloves/mitts. It was common practice until the mid-1950s for major league baseball players to leave their baseball gloves on the field at the end of a half inning instead of taking them back to the dugout. A new ruling in 1954 specifically stipulated that ballplayers cannot leave equipment on the field. As this film was made prior to that ruling (released in 1951), it pre-dates the 1954 ruling and thus the players leaving the dugout and taking the field 'gloveless' is shown correctly.
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In the real world, the 1951 New York baseball Giants won the National league pennant in a three-game playoff over the Brooklyn Dodgers with the help of some angels of their own as Brooklyn was leading 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning when the miracle of Coogan's Bluff occurred as Bobby Thompson hit the SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD, a three-run homer, defeating Brooklyn 5-4.
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The tall, gray-stone building visible from inside Forbes Field is the Cathedral of Learning. It a Pittsburgh landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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The cursing in the film was handled by taking an actual recording of classic double-talk, cutting it into multiple segments of one or two syllables, rearranging them and pasting them back together. A similar trick was used 31 years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) when Spock speaks to Savaak in the Vulcan language. While many assume that this was a simple reversal of the audio, this is not the case.
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One of the wrestlers seen on the new television is Tor Johnson, who is best known for his role in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).
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James Stewart and June Allyson appear in a clip from The Stratton Story (1949) in the film's trailer.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 6, 1953 with Janet Leigh reprising her film role.
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