September 5th, 2012
Steve Bilko had been a popular first baseman in the Pacific Coast League with the Los Angeles Angels prior to joining the Dodgers in 1958. The television character “Sgt. Bilko,” played by actor Phil Silvers, was named after Bilko because he was the favorite player of series-creator Nat Hiken. Other Dodgers would influence TV and film characters. The “Herbie the Love Bug” car was No. 53 because one of the producers was a Don Drysdale fan. And Agent Scully in the “X-Files” was named after Vin Scully. The “John Doggett” agent added to the X-Files was in honor of Scully’s longtime broadcasting partner, Jerry Doggett.