“I never really got to explain what his life and career meant. It’s too huge. You can’t wrap it in your arms. He literally holds the Guinness Book of Record for most hours on TV. (Like 17,000, or something so absurd), ”Schur wrote. “Fortunately, I never really * had * to articulate, because most people just get it. For decades Regis was still there on TV, chatting, complaining and making people laugh. He didn’t need any explanation.
Schur then explained that while sorting through old documents after Philbin’s death, he came across his first script for a TV sports show in 1956. Produced using a typewriter, the documents mention sports stars of the time like Mickey Mantle and Harvey Haddix.
“Regis is 25, and he talks on TV about Mickey Mantle (who won the MVP that year, at 24), Ted Williams and Duke Snider,” Schur tweeted. “It was so long ago, the Cleveland Browns led the news. Harvey Haddix, the perfect match in 12 innings, got a save.
For Schur, finding the old script put the length and impact of Philbin’s career into perspective.
“Want to see a career that no one will ever duplicate? It’s here. A guy who was on TV when Harvey Haddix took out Duke Snider and also handed out million dollar checks on a futuristic game show. A guy who reported on both Lou Groza and Eli Manning, Yogi Berra and Gary Sanchez, ”Schur wrote. “Regis hated the ‘way of memory’ so I hope he forgives me for this last trip. No one will ever be what he was, in the milieu to which he devoted his life. What a race.
Schur ended his thread by encouraging his supporters to donate to the New York Food Bank or the Center For The Homeless in South Bend, Indonesia, where Philbin attended the University of Notre Dame. Philbin was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery on the university campus on Wednesday.