Mickey Mantle died this day in 1995, and if that were not enough, long-time Hall of Fame shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto died August 13, 2007. Both he and The Mick played their entire careers here, with Mickey posting 536 (often tape-measure) home runs with 1,509 rbi’s from 1951-1968. The Scooter reached just 38 fences and drove in 563 runs from 1941-1956, and he managed one AL MVP to three by The Mick. But Phil’s long years in the broadcast booth endeared him to baseball fans everywhere. And it gets worse. Former super-successful Yankee General Manager George Weiss passed away on August 13, 1972. And Johnny Pesky, he of the “Pesky pole,” who played most of his 1942-1954 career in Boston, with 17 home runs and 404 rbi’s, died on this day in 2012. Continue reading
One highlight stands above all others on August 12. On this day in 1974, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Ten years earlier, on August 12, 1964, Mickey Mantle homered from each side of the plate in the same game for the 10th time in his career in a 7-3 win over the White Sox, with one of the bombs traveling more than 500 feet. Continue reading
The news that one of my all-time football heroes and TV football broadcasters had passed filled me with sadness. Frank Gifford was a class act. Number 16 will be missed. Continue reading