Tag Archives: Phil Rizzuto

Shortstops Reaching Jack Benny’s Age

In North America, professional baseball is readying itself for the oddly named World Series, a best-of-seven-game set between the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, which will open in Boston in a couple of days. Once again, the Red … Continue reading

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Oldtimers’ Day 2013

Following the whole media-and-financial brouhaha between Brian Cashman and Alex Rodriguez, it has taken me (Evander) a few extra days to digest all the doings of the New York Yankees sixty-seventh Oldtimers’ Day. Unofficially, this treasured event has its origins … Continue reading

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Sinko day mayo 1956

I (Evander) have waxed perhaps not-so-poetic(ly) on May 22 as the upcoming jubilee of the home run Mickey Mantle nearly launched out of old Yankee Stadium. Some estimates have the ball traveling something like 730 feet. More realistically its distance, … Continue reading

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Pesky, Stanky, the Scooter

The passing of Johnny Pesky (see yesterday’s blog) reminded me (Evander) of a third player of similar size and high skill from the same generation. Eddie Stanky played for Brooklyn and New York in the National League. He and The … Continue reading

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The John Michael Paveskovich Pole

Christened by one-time teammate and broadcaster Mel Parnell “The Pesky Pole,” at 302 feet from home plate in right field at Fenway Park a ball landing there was just the right distance for Johnny Pesky. Phil Rizzuto’s rival died yesterday. … Continue reading

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William DeKova White Take Two

Uppity, Bill White’s memoir of his times as a player, the first full-time-team black broadcaster in Major League Baseball, and the first black league president is a fast read (in the best sense) and overall a good one. The stories … Continue reading

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