Monday, November 5, 2012

no. 110 - bill mazeroski

Who is the man: Bill Mazeroski had just completed what would be his last 100-game season for the Pirates, the only major league team for which he played.

Can ya dig it: That's a terrific shot of what I believe to be Three Rivers Stadium through the batting cage. The stadium was brand spanking new at the time.

Right on: As a kid I loved getting cards of well-known players who were at the tail end of their playing careers. To me, star players from the '60s who wrapped careers up in the early '70s -- Willie Mays, Harmon Killebrew, Billy Williams, Juan Marichal, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, etc. -- were players I only read about in books and magazines. So to see them on a card was something special.

You see this cat Mazeroski is a bad mother: Mazeroski hit the only home run to decide a Game 7 of a World Series. It doesn't get badder than that.

Shut your mouth: During Mazeroski's Hall of Fame induction speech in 2001, he started off by recognizing all the people who traveled to Cooperstown "to listen to me speak and hear this crap."

No one understands him but his woman: Mazeroski never got to give the induction speech that he had prepared. He broke down in tears and, although his time at the podium was very emotional, the speech remained unsaid.

(A word about the back): Most of Mazeroski's fielding marks are now held by Joe Morgan.

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