Sunday, June 9, 2024

Celebrity Jersey Cards #691 Yul Brynner & Sully Sullenberger

Celebrity Jersey Cards is a weekly series in which I create virtual trading cards for celebrities wearing sports jerseys. Today I continue marching alphabetically through all MLB teams.

Born in Russia, Yuliy Borisovich Briner changed his name slightly and became an acting legend. He also made bald heads cool. His most famous role was as King Mongkut in The King and I, a role he played 4,625 times. Besides acting, he was an avid photographer. Brynner passed in 1985 at the age of 65. He won many awards during his career, but he earned a Celebrity Jersey Card when he threw a ceremonial pitch at Candlestick Park.

Texas native Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was a fighter pilot. He became part of American history when he landed US Airways Flight 1549 landing on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. He became a real hero and has handled the fame with class. The Sullenberger Aviation Museum is in Charlotte, North Carolina. When Sullenberger was honored by the San Francisco Giants, he wore a collared shirt under a jersey, which is usually a jersey no-no, but I cannot criticize Sully. Either way, he still gets a Celebrity Jersey Card.

1 comment:

mr haverkamp said...

Giants announcer/former pitcher Mike Krukow often tells a story of the Yul Brynner game. His ceremonial pitch supposedly traveled about 5 feet (granted, he was an actor, not an athlete) and the crowd responded with laughter. Krukow was the Giants SP that day, and got hammered early and often by the visiting team. When manager Frank Robinson came out to remove Krukow from the game, he told him that "Brynner had better stuff than you did today."