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I know of at least one county fire department that no longer dispatches ambulance calls for "a 20 year old male..."; instead they very carefully say "a 20 year-of-age male..." (as cumbersome as that sounds) because saying the word "old" is, you know...bad. Or sumpin. Ahhh, the Golden Years!
Appling (age 75) hitting that HR off of Spahn
That was the year the All-Star ballpark set-up was designed by Randy Levine & Lonn Trost.
I guess it's not such an odd feeling to not want to see yourself get old. I sometimes dont want to look in the mirror,
I was at that game, which was played in RFK Stadium. The movable stands - designed for the conversion from baseball to football and back, which all multi-purpose ballparks had at the time - hadn't been moved in years, and apparently the rails on which they sat had rusted so much that the stands couldn't be moved. Rather than trying to free them for what was (at the time) supposed to be a one-time shot, the powers that were decided to leave them in place, with the upshot being that left field was about 275' from home plate (similar to the old LA Coliseum setup for the Dodgers when they moved out to LA). In a normally configured park Appling's ball would have been a routine out.
I agree with him for the most part, but I think he underestimates the intelligence of children.
Or it could just be bullshit.
Yount is not sad to see the demise of old timers games. He said he would never consent to play in them because they diminish the memory of how good a player was when he was active.
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