The photo had made the rounds on the internet for months, popularized by the famous retro-sports Twitter account “Super 70s Sports.” But it wasn’t until recently that actor Michael McKean shed some light on the photo of himself and David Lander — at their “Laverne and Shirley” peak — flanking the Pittsburgh Pirates’ mascot, a green parrot.
“Dodger fan here,” McKean wrote on his Twitter account. “DL was the Pirate guy. This was a great day, though.”
McKean’s active social media presence is a blessing for those who crave occasional celebrity trivia nuggets like this. The more interesting back story belongs to Lander, whose interloping with baseball transcends one moment in the 1970s — and even his acting career.
Both McKean and Lander studied at Carnegie Mellon University (hence the Pittsburgh connection) before moving on to fame in “Laverne and Shirley.” While most of the world knew Lander for the character known as “Squiggy,” the baseball world knew him as … well, a lot of things. Here’s more from his obituary on MLB.com: