Remembering Mets History (1978) Mets Wives Take On Happy Days Cast in a Softball Game
August 20th 1978: The cast of the TV show Happy Days had a softball team that played charity events from the mid-seventies into the early eighties.
The idea came from the great creator of the show, Gary Marshall. Gary Marshall was an Italian American, born in the Bronx & the older brother of Penny Marshall.
Penny started out on the Odd Couple as Oscar Madison's secretary Myrna Tyrner. She then appeared on Happy Days as Laverne DiFozio before going on to star in her own series- Laverne & Shirley with Cindy Williams.
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The Happy Days soft ball team also featured other actors & actresses at times. They would play for charity & tour throughout major league ball parks across America. There were even times they took the game overseas.
Mostly all of the popular Happy Days cast would play on the team, with Henry Winkler "the Fonz" being an excellent softball pitcher. "Mrs. C"-Marion Ross, later stated that the softball team, kept the cast close together & was loads of fun to do.
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Dodger Drama: All Star Dodger pitcher Don Sutton had previously made a comment to Thomas Boswell in the Washington Post saying, "all you hear about on our team is Steve Garvey, the All-American Boy. Reggie Smith was the real MVP, we all know it. Smith has carried us the past two years."
Steve Garvey also an All Star & the 1974 NL MVP, took offense, especially because Sutton didn't say it to Garvey face to face.
That night Garvey approached Sutton at his locker in the visitors' clubhouse at Shea Stadium. The two started out speaking softly, but then all of a sudden, Sutton jumped up pushing Garvey into the lockers.
Quotes- Steve Garvey: "I don't think these things should come out like this in public. If someone has something to say they should say it to my face. I'm only human. I have always tried to set an example for the Dodgers both on & off the field but when someone says something about my family, that's pushing it too far. This is the first time in my career something like this has happened.
After the game Garvey had some scratches on his face & a bloodshot eye. Sutton also had a bruise on his cheek.
Mets Dodger Game: In that day's game, the Mets took a 4-2 lead into the 9th inning. Elliot Maddox had four hits for the Mets, with an RBI. Willie Montanez drove in two runs & John Stearns drove in another.
That year they went on win their second straight NL Pennant. The Mets finished in last place in 1978 going 66-96.