On June 23rd, 1973: Sugar closed at the Majestic Theatre after 505 performances. The musical, which was based on the timeless Some Like It Hot, starred Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Elaine Joyce and Cyril Ritchard. Despite its four nominations, Sugar didn’t manage to score a Tony; however, Morse won a Drama Desk Award for his performance while Joyce won a Theatre World Award for hers.
JIMMY PIERSALL HIT A HOME RUN
On June 23rd, 1963: Baseball great Jimmy Piersall, at the time a New York Met, hit his one hundredth home run. With a batting average of .272 and a career total of 104 home runs, Piersall was selected to the American League All-Star team twice and won two Gold Glove Awards. Unfortunately, however, the center fielder is best known for his well-publicized battle with bipolar disorder, a struggle that later became the subject of the book and movie Fear Strikes Out.
BORN ON THIS DAY: ANTHONY VEILLER
On June 23rd, 1903: Screenwriter and film producer Anthony Veiller was born. Over his career, Veiller wrote for 41 films, many of them—such as State of the Union and Moulin Rouge—hits, and collaborated with several top directors, among them Frank Capra and Orson Wells. Though he never won any major awards, he was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
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