With the Los Angeles Dodgers in a slump, manager Leo Durocher gets a helpful dugout phone call from architect “Wilbur Post,” but in fact he’s getting advice straight from the horse’s mouth. Talking Horse Mister Ed’s tip works: The Dodgers win.
Before you know it, Wilbur (Alan Young) and Mister Ed are at Dodger Stadium, where the golden palomino takes batting practice. Stepping to the plate against Sandy Koufax, Ed hits one to the outfield wall and gallops around the bases. When Johnny Roseboro sees the hard-charging charger round third and head for home, the Dodgers’ catcher immediately climbs the backstop to avoid him.
This could be an inside-the-park homer. Slide, Mister Ed, slide! OK, an ersatz Ed may have been yanked down the third-base line by visible wires, but there’s certainly nothing fake about the place “Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed” has in sitcom-sports history.
Original Airdate: September 29, 1963