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Jackie Robinson Recites the Alphabet

June 3rd, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 12 Comments

CBS attempted to one up ABC’s smash hit television special “James Earl Jones Recites Things” with their own special, “Jackie Robinson Recites Things.” Originally broadcast as a four hour mini-series and split up over the course of two nights, the show drew mostly dismal ratings, and many felt that Robinson’s performance was not up to part with James Earl Jones. Sports fans, however, were excited to see one of their heroes in a new context, and singled out his Alphabet Reciting as one of the key moments. Despite the low ratings, the concept was revised a year later in a pared down, hour long format for “Jackie Robinson Recites Things in Hawaii”, but aside from a flowered shirt, a lei and being shot on the beach, it was pretty much the same special, and resulted in several network executives losing their jobs.

Tags: RiffTrax · baseball

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ryan on Jun 3, 2008 at 11:36 am

    “and resulted in several network executives losing their jobs.”

    At least some good came from it, then.

  • 2 RemmieBarrow on Jun 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    In finding celebrities to say the letters of the alphabet, let us hope they do not have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and have to use Kevin Federline.

  • 3 Rob III on Jun 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Oh — “CSI JRRT: Hawaii”. Yeah, I saw that. But you have to use the crime-drama acronyms and colons or I’ll never know what you’re talking about.

  • 4 ShutterBun on Jun 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Luckily YouTube has a 10 minute limit, so K-Fed’s would have to be broken into several segments in order to qualify.

  • 5 Beautiful Houndstooth on Jun 4, 2008 at 3:46 am

    I grew up on “The Street” man! Back the everyone knew it was a magic carpet ride!

  • 6 U.J. Lessing on Jun 4, 2008 at 5:24 am

    No one did it better than Richard Pryor. He could make the alphabet funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh_EUrEAZg&e

  • 7 Clint on Jun 4, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Congratulations Mr. Robinson, you’re hired.

  • 8 Tork_110 on Jun 4, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Next time Bill and Mary Jo get in a feud, they should do an alphabet-off.

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