In the MLB.com studios

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Right before the playoffs started, I enjoyed being interviewed by Billy Sample on the MLB Radio show "Baseball Brunch." We talked about how different "Quincy" was from today’s gory shows like "CSI"; my horse Jacklyn Klugman that finished third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby; and about my new book and what Tony Randall meant to me as my best friend after my throat surgery.

"He just was my best friend," I told Billy. "You know, sometimes you don’t know until a person leaves you. Joey Lewis, the comic, used to say, my piano player’s been with me 20 years, and I didn’t know he drank until he came in sober one day. And that’s what I felt like. I didn’t know how important he was in my life until I lost him."

Billy told me that my sportswriter character on "The Odd Couple" was "so right on". And I said:

"I was a sports fan when Jimmie Foxx was playing, when Lefty Grove was pitching. I saw Jimmie Foxx hit a liner that hit the bleachers and came back the shape of an egg. And he hit a ball so high once, he ended up on second base before the ball came down. That’s what I remember. And Vince DiMaggio was a good fielder, not a good hitter."

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9 Comments

Hello Mr.Klugman,

I love your site and Oscar Madison was such an inspiration to me becoming a sportswriter. Thank you for everything that you’ve done for the profession on “The Odd Couple.”

Joe

great to have you aboard at MLBlogs! I look forward to reading your stories. I would also like to thank you for giving us many laughs throughout the years.

bobby

http://marlins.mlblogs.com

dear mr. klugman,

thanks for the wonderful entertainment you’ve provided in the past and the great blog you’re providing now!

brent

Mr. Klugman:

Been a fan since the days of the Twilight Zone episodes (“work the gun, not jaw, Pip”, “and Gabriel will blow his horn again…”). OK… so I’m dating myself a little. :-)

Looking forward to hearing and reading tid bits and insights from someone who has had an interesting life, and can tell an interesting story.

Keep up the good work!

- Bob Landau

Dear Mr. Klugman,

I can still hear the music as the opening scenes to The Odd Couple played each week on television. It was my Father’s favorite show and Mom and all eight kids loved it as well. Just seeing you here at MLB.com has brought back many precious memories.

Damian Ranger

Portland, Oregon

Mr. Klugman,

Thanks for all the entertainment you’ve sent our way over the years. I wish you much success blogging about baseball!

Jack,
When I found your Blog on MLB.com I couldn’t stop smiling. From 12 Angry Men to the Twilight Zone and Oscar to Quincy I have been a life long fan. One of my fondest memories growing up is watching the Odd Couple with my brother and laughing until our sides hurt. We still quote lines from the show to each other to this day. It’s great to hear you’re doing well. Best wishes and thanks!

Dear Mr Klugman:

If it wasn’t for the Odd Couple and maybe Barney Miller, I would have no good memories of my father. Thank you for that. “No dunking Murray.” :)

Dear Mr Klugman,

Although in the real world I would really not be able to stand your character as Oscar Madison in the Odd Couple, being messy and disorganized, I really founded really amusing back then as we all sat in front of our TV sets hoping tha Lenny could straighten out Oscar with much laughter in between.

You brought great laughs to many millions of homes, including mine, and for a glipse of a moment you helped bring some humour, fun and quality entertainment to us helping escape the pains and sorrows of the world then.

Mr Klugman, you are truly unique.

Good Luck with MLBlogs.

PS: To hear the theme of the Odd Couple, click the link below and scroll down to the approariate link. THANKS!!!

(http://www.tripletsandus.com/80s/tv_theme_wav.htm)

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