Bronx Bombers BASEBALL CARDS: C. J. Wilson and Bill Dawes, Broadway's Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle
By Michael Gioia
February 25, 2014
Bronx Bombers, the new Broadway play by Eric Simonson, tells the history of the New York Yankees framed through the eyes of baseball legend Yogi Berra. As part of Playbill.com's Bronx Bombers Baseball Cards, we meet cast members C. J. Wilson and Bill Dawes.
Name: C. J. Wilson
Birthdate: July 6
Character You're Playing: Babe Ruth
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Sports Team: 80's [Los Angeles] Lakers [NBA]
Favorite Sports Hero: Babe Ruth and [basketball player] Magic Johnson
Sports Played Growing Up: Football and Track
Favorite Sporting-Event Snack: Pizza
Show you made your Broadway debut in: Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Favorite Broadway show (and why): Avenue Q. It was funny as hell.
Did you meet and/or hear from your Bronx Bombers counterpart or their family? I got in touch with Linda Ruth Tosetti (Babe Ruth's granddaughter). She has been incredibly gracious and generous with her immense knowledge and passion for her grandfather.
Most memorable moment from Bronx Bombers: It's hard to pick a favorite moment. Working with the cast and researching and playing Babe has been an incredible gift.
Name: Bill Dawes
Birthdate: Jan. 11
Character You're Playing: Mickey Mantle/Thurman Munson
Favorite Sport: UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship]
Sports Played Growing Up (if any): Soccer, Football, Track.
Favorite Sporting-Event Snack: Something gluten-free that I smuggled in, for sure.
Show you made your Broadway debut in: Sex and Longing
Did you meet and/or hear from your Bronx Bombers counterpart or their family? Haven't heard anything from the Mantle family, but Thurman Munson's wife came.
Most memorable moment from Bronx Bombers: Thurman's wife coming was reason enough to do the show. She was clearly touched afterwards and met with the cast. Before she left, she hugged me and said, "Thurman would be proud," with tears in her eyes. I mean, what's better than that?
Click here to view the Baseball Cards of John Wernke and Chris Henry Coffey, Broadway's Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.