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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Glen Mickens remembers the only two ML home runs he gave up…to Ted Kluszewski & Ralph Kiner. And much more…
The first time Charlie Dressen brings me in from the bullpen, we’re playing Cincinnati. He brings me into face Ted Kluszewski. Here’s a guy who had bigger arms than my legs. I’m looking at this big guy thinking, “What the heck, Charlie, what are you bringing me in against this guy for?” I get a couple of strikes on him, I don’t want him to hit the ball back up the middle, he’d kill me, so I pitch away. He hits one into the left-center field stands in Ebbets Field, probably took out about four rows of seats. I’m glad he didn’t hit up the middle.
When I got back to the dugout (teammate Johnny) Podres is sitting there laughing. He says, “Don’t worry, ‘Mick’, I throw from the left side and he’s hit five off of me.” I was up for 40 days. When I got up there, they got on a winning streak and they couldn’t lose. He was using me intermittently, started me a couple of games.
I started a game in Wrigley Field, Ralph Kiner hits one up in that jet stream, hits a home run off of me. The announcer says, “This was for his new baby boy, just born.” Twenty years later, I’m coaching his baby boy at UCLA, Mike Kiner.
“Mike,” I said, “You sent me back to the minor leagues because your old man hit a home run for you.” Mike was a good kid. Became an architect.
...How hard was it to finally gave up baseball?
I was 35 and I wanted some kind of security, and you had no real security in baseball then. There was no pension plan or anything. During the off-season, I was working on a freeway in Los Angeles with a pick and shovel. I had more benefits for me, my wife and my family then I had as a professional ballplayer. Even with all that, I wouldn’t change a minute of all the time I spent in baseball. It was a great ride.
Posted: November 10, 2013 at 07:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, August 24, 2013
“It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ballclub, and I really respect, admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place,” Scully said.
“I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, ‘Why not?’ as well.
“Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It’s just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect.”
Posted: August 24, 2013 at 06:24 AM | 62 comment(s)
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