Saturday, February 01, 2020

Happy # 89 Garrett Morris


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A few days ago, I read that Garrett Morris was born in New Orleans on this day in 1931.
Back in the late 1970’s, Garrett Morris was on the “Saturday Night Live” cast. He played various roles and developed quite a following.
His career took off one Saturday night in November 1978. This is when he played Chico Escuela, a New York Mets’ outfielder from Dominican Republic. He became famous for one line:
“Thank you berry much. Baseball been berry, berry good to me. Thank you. God bless you. Gracias!”
He followed that up with another great line:
“Keep you eye… keep you eyes… on de ball.”
And he had everyone of us laughing to tears.
Would that be allowed on the air today? Would it be censured for mocking a Latino baseball player? What advertisers would be contacted to boycott the segment?
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