Here’s Footage of the Baseball Incident Billy Crystal Mentioned During His Robin Williams Tribute

By 08.26.14

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During his moving tribute to the late Robin Williams last night, Billy Crystal recalled a time the two shared broadcast booth space during a game at Shea Stadium with Whoopi Goldberg.

Crystal said Williams — at that time a baseball neophyte — was channeling a Russian character fond of his country’s only baseball team: The Reds.

Against all odds, a foul ball rocketed into the booth and was picked up by an overjoyed Williams, who got a great laugh without breaking character.

Crystal used this an example of the comedian’s incredible ability to think on his feet and find humor in any situation.

The gang over at Thunder Treats found the footage of this incident. It’s an amazing pop culture time capsule, from the uniforms to the grainy broadcast to the fashion..

[H/T: Thunder Treats]


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