Friday, February 24, 2017

no. 632 - darrel chaney

Who is the man: Darrel Chaney's average increased 41 points in 1970 over his rookie year in 1969, but he played in just 57 games, mostly because a young player named Dave Concepcion had taken over at shortstop.

Can ya dig it: That appears to be artificial turf. I'm not used to seeing artificial turf anymore. It looks weird.

Right on: The position designation says "infield," but Chaney played the vast majority of games (all but three) at shortstop or second.

You see that cat Chaney is a bad mother: Chaney played in three World Series with the Reds, 1970, 1972 and 1975.

Shut your mouth: During the early 1980s, Chaney rigged the doorbell to his home so that when it was pressed, it would air Reds announcer Marty Brennaman's excited calling of Chaney's grand slam for the Reds during a game in 1974. "When you don't hit many homers in the big leagues, you have to cherish one like that," Chaney said.

No one understands him but his woman: Chaney and his wife, Cindy, are closing in on their 50th wedding anniversary. They've been married 49 years.

(My observation on the back): All I can think of when I see that Juan Marichal gave up Chaney's first home run is the famous Bob Gibson line about how he knew it was time to retire when he gave up a home run to Pete LaCock.

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