Today is actor/director/son Rob Reiner‘s 66th birthday.
Some of you may know Reiner for his role as the son-in-law on All in the Family.
Some of you might know Reiner as the director for movies as diverse as This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men.
Some of you might know Reiner as the Bronx-born son of one of the great comedic minds of our time, Carl Reiner.
However, when you think of Rob Reiner, you probably don’t think of him as the voice of “Screwy,” the ball in the animated film, Everyone’s Hero.
In a great interview with Alan Schwarz of the New York Times in September 2006, to promote the movie, Reiner said:
I’ve loved the game ever since I first was introduced to it by my father in 1951. I was 4 years old; he took me to my first game at Yankee Stadium. It was a doubleheader. It was the first year that Mickey Mantle played for the Yankees and the last year that Joe DiMaggio played, and I got to see both of them play center field in both ends of the doubleheader.
Schwarz in his final question asked if Reiner’s work as Screwy would redefine his career. Reiner responded, “No. I could win the Nobel Prize, and the headline would read, “Meathead Wins Nobel.””
Here’s the Everyone’s Hero trailer
It always comes back to baseball.
BTW: The 1951 doubleheader that Reiner spoke about most likely would have been a sweep by the Washington Senators on July 4. There were numerous doubleheaders by the Yankees that season in which Joe D and The Mick each played, but this appears to be the only one in which they each started in center.