Gary Senese’s Baseball Secret

Original Airdate: 07/01/59
Panel: Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson, and Henry Morgan
Host: Garry Moore
Guests: Gary Senese and Anthony Genovese

! A few notes. I used the full names most of the time, except when referring to actions, like nodding. Just remember that Garry Moore’s first name is spelled with two “R’s.” It also seems like Garry is answering for them a bunch of times, but usually they would sort of nod or something, and not really answer, so he would jump in and clarify for the panel. I just didn’t want to type that out every single time.


Opening Comments
Garry Moore: All right, now, summer plans out of the way, may we have our first contestant please?

(They walk in)

Gary and Anthony enter

Garry Moore: It says here “Brighton,” and it says here “Cosmos,” eh? All right, let’s find out what your names are, first we’ll start with you young man.

Anthony Genovese: Anthony Genovese.

Garry Moore: This is Anthony Genovese, and you are from where?

Anthony Genovese: Staten Island.

Garry Moore: Staten Island, all right, and you sir?

Gary Senese: Gary Senese.

Garry Moore: This is Gary Senese, S-E-N-E-S-E, and you are from?

Gary Senese: Staten Island.

Garry Moore: Also from Staten Island. All right gentlemen, if you will whisper your secret to me, we will show it to the folks at home…I think we start with Gary first.

(Gary whispers secret)

Garry Moore: Now we will see what this young man has on his mind.

(Anthony whispers secret)

“I pitched a NO-HIT game against -his- team”
“But -my- team WON the game”

Garry Moore: All right, to help classify their secret the clue concerns something that they did and Bill, let’s start with you tonight please.


Bill Cullen’s Turn
Bill Cullen: Well I’m gonna ask if there is a good valid reason for their appearing in their baseball uniforms.

(Anthony nods)

Garry Moore: That’s a yes, sure.

Bill Cullen: This thing has to do with baseball, gentlemen?

Anthony Genovese: Yes.

Bill Cullen: Was it in a game?

Anthony Genovese: Yes.

Bill Cullen: You are on opposing sides, is one of you a pitcher? I’ll go to the big one, that’s Anthony I think. Anthony, are you the pitcher?

Anthony Genovese: Yes.

Bill Cullen: Gary, were you the batter?

Gary Senese: No.

Bill Cullen: Were you, uh…did you…was the thing you did, back to Anthony, when you were pitching, was the thing you did something good, something you’re proud of, Anthony?

Anthony Genovese: Yes.

Bill Cullen: Did you strike out a number of people? A number of opposing players.

Garry Moore: His secret does not concern his pitching record in this game.

Bill Cullen: Hitting? Does it have to do with the hitting you did in the game?

(Anthony shakes his head)

Bill Cullen: Fielding?

[ ** BUZZER ** ]

Garry Moore: Twenty dollars down, sixty dollars to go and we go to Bess Myerson.


Bess Myerson’s Turn
Bess Myerson: Well let’s get to Gary for a moment. Gary, are you a pitcher too?

Gary Senese: Yes.

Bess Myerson: Oh you are, and you played at this particular game, against each other.

(Gary nods)

Bess Myerson: Uh huh, are you related to each other?

Gary Senese: No.

Bess Myerson: Oh no, I thought it might have something to do with that. And uh, was it some sort of record that you established for yourself that day, something extra special you did?

Gary Senese

Gary Senese: Yeah.

Bess Myerson: Who won, did the Cosmos team win?

Garry Moore: Cosmos team win? No, the Cosmos team did not win.

Bess Myerson: Did the Brighton team win?

Garry Moore: Yes.

Bess Myerson: They won, uh huh. And, perhaps we should know what the score was?

Garry Moore: Well, all questions must be answerable by yes or no.

Bess Myerson: (joking) Fifty-seven to five? Really, haha.

Bill Cullen: The numbers on the back of their suits…

Bess Myerson: Um, Anthony, you won the game. Now, did anyone get a hit on you at all?

Anthony Genovese: Yes.

Bess Myerson: They did.

Bill Cullen: (laughing) Everybody got a hit on him.

[ ** BUZZER ** ]

Garry Moore: Forty dollars down, forty to go, we go to Henry.


Henry Morgan’s Turn
Henry Morgan: Well Anthony, it wasn’t how often you were hit that is part of your secret, is it?

Garry Moore: It’s not…how many hits he gave? No, that’s not part of the secret, no.

Henry Morgan: Are you the captain of this team, by the way?

Anthony Genovese: No.

Henry Morgan: Are you just here as a representative of it, because we’ve gone through is it something you pitched, or hit, or fielded, and you said no.

Garry Moore: I must say that his good pitching no doubt had a great deal to do with his particular secret, uh, however, his specific secret is not, “I pitched this, that, or the other thing.” Contains no statistics.

Henry Morgan: Yeah…he was just there, huh? Gary, when you were pitching did you set any…(Bess says something) What dear?

Bess Myerson: (to Henry) Maybe he hit him with a ball or something.

Henry Morgan: You want to get up again? I just assumed…I don’t know.

Bess Myerson: (laughs and grabs Henry’s arm) I’m sorry.

Henry Morgan: I’m not getting anywhere. Uh, Garry… (to Bess) Well with you, yes, but with him, nothing. (audience laughs) Uh, Garry? [ ** BUZZER ** ]

(laughs) Now where were we?

Bess Myerson: (laughing) I don’t know, but…

Garry Moore: I was going to say, given my choice, I’d go with you, Henry. Let’s get to Betsy Palmer.


Betsy Palmer’s Turn

Betsy Palmer: I don’t know too much about baseball, but… (she hits the microphone with her pencil as she says the word “too,” it makes an audible “clunk”)

Henry Morgan: Or microphones either. (everyone laughs)

Betsy Palmer: But is it possible that you could have done something, like in football, to give the other team points? (small pause, then everyone starts laughing) Well you know, you run the wrong way, or something?

Garry Moore: May I have a close up of Anthony please, after her asking that question?

Betsy Palmer: That’s how I feel, Anthony. But maybe you did, maybe you pitched for the wrong team! (Anthony is laughing and shaking his head) Did you goof that way, Anthony? No?

Garry Moore: He’s laughing at your goof on your question, that’s what he’s laughing at!

[ ** BUZZER ** ]


Closing Comments
Garry Moore: Eighty dollars down, and nothing to go. Gary Senese pitched a no-hit game against Anthony’s team. But Anthony’s team won the game. (applause) The obvious question now, is how? Gary, how did this tragic incident happen?

Gary Senese: I walked one boy, and he scored on a ground-out, a passed ball, and an error.

Garry Moore: Ah, so your team, I know you’re not throwing any blame, but the team lost the ball game for you, eh?

Gary Senese: I did too, I threw a wild pitch.

Garry Moore: Oh, one wild pitch, so you helped to lose, huh? All right. Now uh, the score was of course one to nothing, right?

Gary Senese: Right.

Garry Moore: One to nothing, Anthony, how did you feel about winning this game?

Anthony Genovese: I felt…it was a good game, and I felt good about winning.

Note from Harvey Haddix

Garry Moore: Yeah, well you allowed no runs either, so pretty good game. Gary, I have a letter here from someone that you may have heard of. Let me read it to you. It says, “Pittsburg Baseball Club, Pittsburg Pennsylvania.” We wrote to him and told him about you. It says, “Dear Gary, I heard about your pitching fate. Don’t feel too bad about losing, it could happen to anyone. Better luck in your future games, and best wishes always,” and it is from Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburg Pirates. It says on here, “To Gary Senese, better luck and best wishes, Harvey Haddix.” A little surprise we had for you. Gentlemen, here is your money, and for your dads, each a…you heard me say “dads”? For your dads, a carton of Winston, each, and uh, we’ll split the money this way, ok? Thank you gentlemen, and good luck.

Money and exit



Fan Comments
Extra Info from Gary Senese: The catcher let a pitch get by him and they scored it as a ‘passed ball’. Actually, it was the same ‘Wild Pitch’ which I refer to later. Technically it was either a ‘Passed Ball’ which is an error on the Catcher or a ‘Wild Pitch’ which is an error on the Pitcher. I think they gave the error to the Catcher out of sympathy for me but it could have gone either way.

Dave Mackey: The significance of Harvey Haddix sending Gary Senese that note about not feeling bad about losing a no-hit game was because it happened to Harvey Haddix several weeks before.
On May 26, 1959, Haddix and his Pirates duelled the Milwaukee Braves in a 13 inning scoreless game. Haddix was perfect for 12 innings, until the 13th inning when Don Hoak committed an error, Hank Aaron was given first base on an intentional walk, and the next batter, Joe Adcock, got the only hit off Haddix – a double – ending the game in a 1-0 Braves win.


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