Gathering of the Clan

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:48 pm 
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I used to watch it a lot in the fifties and early sixties. Back then the pro teams had a lot of little farm clubs scattered around the country and our little home town had one of them. They were associated with the Milwaukee Braves and pops would take me to games quite often. Once those little farm clubs left the scene we still had legion ball but he lost some of his interest in that and shortly after I was done with school and waiting for my personal invitation to take a tour of southeast asia. By the time that fiasco was over I had lost all interest in baseball. Never got it back. My braves had moved to Atlanta and that was that.

I still have a bunch of autographed baseballs that I got over the years by Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Duke Snyder, Yogi Berra, Micky Mantle, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., and a couple more whos names are escaping me right now.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:40 pm 
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Ron Hoff wrote:
I still have a bunch of autographed baseballs that I got over the years by Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Duke Snyder, Yogi Berra, Micky Mantle, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., and a couple more whos names are escaping me right now.


I never had the opportunity to collect many autographs as a kid and have mostly chosen not to bother athletics or others as an adult with few exceptions. I regrets I did not make the effort to get Mr. Guy Bush to sign a ball for me when I lived in Tupelo and he lived a little south of town. Most people don't know who Guy Bush was, he was the last pitcher Babe Ruth hit a homered on.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:32 pm 
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Never been much of an autograph hound but when I was a kid,my dad took me to the Polo Grounds in 62 and one game he caught a foul ball.In those days you could exit the stadium out in the center field fence.As we walked across the field,the players would be out there after the game.I got about 15 or so autographs.Casey Stengel,Ed Kranepool,Choo-choo Coleman,Gil Hodges and Don Zimmer are among the ones I remember.Well I had that ball for a couple years and carried it to the park when ever we would go play pick up games.One day the last electrical tape covered ball we had went over the roof across the street.Guess what we finished that game with?Fast forward,1969,me and my friends would go to Shea stadium during the week and climb the fence to sneak in and watch the Jets practice.One day as we were being escorted out by security,Joe Namath called to him to wait a sec.He signed a football,had Emerson Boozer and Don Maynard sign it and tossed it to us on our way out.That ball lasted about 2 weeks before we used it for a 2 hand touch game...in the street,not even on grass.Those signatures didnt last the whole game.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:12 am 
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Colston, "Strikeouts are boring, and besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic."


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:03 am 
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Colston Newton wrote:
Folks who want more action in baseball likely enjoy seeing hits. Who wouldn't get a kick oput of seeing somebody hit a home run? But, once you start appreiating pitchers, its whole new deal. Tonight, for example, you might see Kershaw or Scherzer, maybe both strike out 10 or more batters. (Don't know about Kershaw's best but I've seen Scherzer strike out 20 in one game...nearly 7 innings worth...not much "action" but fascinating to watch.)


Not at all Colston. I love a good pitcher, what I don't like is those 10 strikeouts took 30 minutes because batter does his thing, the pitcher does his, then the batter steps out and they do all over again.

Just last night watching Arizona play Arizona state, I saw delay of game called twice on a pitcher (automatic ball for the batter) who was taking too long. It's called the 10 second rule. http://girls-fastpitch.blogspot.com/200 ... -rule.html

They play 8 innings in under 1-1/2 hours and that INCLUDED TV timeouts for commercials.

There are 2 hours in every baseball game where no one is doing anything. This is why the announcers have to be so good, to fill the dead space.


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