In honor of the Fall Classic, Red will be posting something about the World Series every day. Today’s entry comes from a particularly odiferous made for TV movie called “Murder at the World Series.” Red remembers watching this with a group of friends back in 1977 mainly because it featured scenes shot in Houston in and around the beloved Astrodome.
Other than that, MATWS has little to offer. The basic plot is that an aspiring but psychopathic baseball player tries out for the Houston Astros and is rejected. He tries to get revenge by undertaking a series of kidnappings and plotting to bomb a World Series game at the Astrodome. His plans go awry when he sort of falls for one of his kidnapping victims. He intends to let her go, but ends up killing her when a bomb planted in his van goes off. He either gets captured or killed – Red doesn’t remember because this is some awful tripe masquerading as actual entertainment. The MFTVM is notable in featuring Joachim “Where’s My Head” Andujar as the starting pitcher for the Astros and the late great Bob Allen as a sportscaster. Red can’t imagine that this is ever showed anywhere, but if perchance it is, the only reason to watch is to see what the Astrodome looked like in its glory days – including the movie credits being displayed on the big light board in centerfield.
And finally, as Red’s old buddy Scooter said at the conclusion, “You know it had to be fiction because the Astros won the World Series.”