“Baseball been berry, berry great to me!” – the well known SNL catchphrase that Garrett Morris as Chico Escuela…
If you’re old sufficient to have actually been the town hall Saturday Night Live in the late Seventies you can have to be watching illustration 5 that Season 4 as soon as it an initial aired top top November 11, 1978. (I am and I was.)
Buck Henry was the host. The thankful Dead were the musical guests. And, there were several classic skits — consisting of one in ~ the finish that presented what would end up being a well known TV catchphrase.
The map out takes location at a conference of the St. Mickey’s Knights of Columbus.
After taking care of a few business items, the organization’s leader, play by SNL cast member John Belushi, announces that the club would have a unique guest speaker the night.
Dan Aykroyd, playing the Knights’ treasurer, notes the the team had to get in debt to pay the speaker’s steep $900 fee.
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Belushi climate introduces this one-of-a-kind guest: “the immortal” Chico Escuela, a former all-star baseball player for the Chicago Cubs who pertained to the us from the Dominican Republic.
After being introduced, Chico — shown by SNL cast member Garrett Morris — it s okay up, stands at the podium and says in a thick spain accent:
“Thank friend berry much. Baseball to be berry, berry great to me. Give thanks to you. God bless you. Gracias!”
Then he sit down.
Astonished by the brevity the this $900 “speech,” Belushi’s character asks: “Is the it Chico?”
Chico thinks about it a second, it s okay up again and adds: “Keep friend eye...keep friend eyes...on de ball.”
After which, the sits down again.
Belushi states sardonically: “Thank you, Chico. You’ve been an inspiration to all of us.”
Three weeks later, during the December 9, 1978 illustration of SNL, Morris’s Chico do a 2nd appearance and repeated his line “Baseball to be berry, berry good to me!” several times — make this the night on i m sorry it gained official catchphrase status.
In that episode (Season 4, episode 8), the organize was Monty Python star Eric idle. Kate Bush was the music guest. Dan Aykroyd carry out the insanely funny skit in which the plays a frantic Julia Child, that bleeds to fatality after cutting her finger. And, Don Novello verified up together Father Guido Sarducci.
Chico was in the Weekend Update segment through Jane Curtin, who announced that he had been hired together the Weekend Update sporting activities commentator. after being presented by jane (this time together a former new York Mets ballplayer), Chico says:
“Thank you. Say thanks to you, berry, berry much. Baseball to be berry, berry great to me. Give thanks to you, Hane.
Pete-ee Rose...Baseball to be berry, berry an excellent to Pete Rose. Three-point-two-million-dollar para Pete Rose. Charlie Hustle, friend bet. Thank you berry, berry much.
In foot-ball... Ns don’t recognize football. In Dominican Republic, football is — just how you say, Hane? Um, Oh! Soccer! your football... I don’t know.
In nationwide Hockey League... Ns don’t know hockey.
In baseball… Baseball been berry, berry great to me! give thanks to you berry much. Say thanks to you. Say thanks to you berry much. Hane? give thanks to you, Hane.”
Hearing Chico’s fact-challenged report, mrs responds sarcastically: “Great job, Chico. I’m happy that us haven’t hired just another stupid ex-jock sportscaster.”
Morris went on to appear as Chico Escuela eight much more times prior to leaving the Saturday Night Live cast in the summer of 1980.
Each time, he repetitive “Baseball to be berry, berry an excellent to me!” (sometimes written as “Beisbol been bery, bery good to me!” and also in assorted other ways). The remains one of the most famous of the many memorable catchphrases produced by SNL.
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