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
Serling's ending narration was more prophetic than he probably ever could have imagined. He says that, "There's a rumor... 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." The Brooklyn Dodgers had already moved to Los Angeles the year before by team owner Walter O'Malley, but in the following season Sandy Koufax emerged as a future Hall of Famer, winning 130 games over the next 6 seasons with an ERA of 2.25. His teammate Don Drysdale won 111 games with an ERA of 2.92. The Dodgers won three pennants in those six years and two World Series. See more »
In the final shot, taken from the upper deck of the Hoboken (New Jersey) Zephyrs' ballpark, mountains are visible on the horizon. There are no mountains near Hoboken. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
What you're looking at is a ghost, once alive but now deceased. Once upon a time, it was a baseball stadium that housed a major league ball club known as the Hoboken Zephyrs. Now it houses nothing but memories and a wind that stirs in the high grass of what was once an outfield, a wind that sometimes bears a faint, ghostly resemblance to the roar of a crowd that once sat here. We're back in time now, when the Hoboken Zephyrs were still a part of the National League, and this ...
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This is an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that is well worth seeing, but I'll freely admit that the show is far from one of the better ones of the first season. Part of this is because there really is nothing other-worldly or "twilight zoney" about this one--just a somewhat humorous and very slight show from start to finish.
The show is about Casey. We are expected to believe that this guy is an ultra-realistic robot who can pitch amazingly well and no one can detect that he's NOT a robot until late in the season. And, when they do, his creator comes up with a way to get around this--but it leads to further complications.
Overall, this certainly won't make you love the series but at least it is entertaining. Nuff said.
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