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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Legendary Butt: Meet Your Favorite Ballplayer’s Best Friend

As Oks recalls, the daily ritual began in conversation with a few veteran Cardinals like Smith and former All-Star Pedro Guerrero. It was 1989 or thereabouts. Details are a little hazy. Their banter one day devolved into talk of pranks. Oks said he’d moon the Cardinals bus. The players called his bluff. Oks was adamant. Smith remembers thinking, “Yeah, right.”

“They didn’t believe me, so I did it, and from there, it carried on for many years,” Oks, now 55, said. “Every day, every time the bus would pass, I would take off my pants and show my beautiful behind. They just couldn’t believe that, the middle of New York, you could do that and not get in trouble, so I kept doing it.”

Oks went about the act unimpeded for so long that he inherited the nickname of the Manhattan Mooner. One of his pals, Rickey Henderson, was the rare player who opted against the team bus—except for once per series in New York, just so he could see the spectacle.

One time, Braves coach and former player Eddie Perez recalled a police officer happened to be walking by and stopped Oks, asking, “What are you doing?”

Oks apparently retorted, “I do whatever I want. That’s my store.”

Said Perez, “And the police just kept walking.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 03:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
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