As my late father reminded me whenever the show came on TV, Chuck Connors played for the Almendares baseball team in Cuba. In fact, he played with the Dodgers and Cubs in 1949-51. Connors, who was 6’5 and 190 pounds, never hit much: .238 in 67 major league games! I understand that he played basketball, too.
The show’s message was simple: right beats wrong, a father who was a good role model and a cast of characters that we enjoyed every week.