Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Flashback, 1960: When Jerry Reinsdorf Played Softball, He Played For Keeps

The King and his Court-ing Hank Greenberg.

The student nine was ahead, looking like it had the chance to notch its first victory over the faculty in years, when the plot thickened. The faculty called time out and appointed Greenberg honorary dean for the day, a move that made him a de facto member of its side and sent the man with the .313 career batting average, 331 home runs and 1,276 RBI to bat.

Reinsdorf, who had anticipated the faculty would pull some such underhanded stunt, countered by summoning a girl to pitch and surreptitiuosly slipping her a ball stuffed with cotton. He figured Greenberg would not be able to give the truly soft ball much of a ride. But the former Tiger slugger clobbered the first pitch and knocked the stuffing out of the ball, which landed foul, so the girl had to deliver a regulation 16” softball. Greenberg drove her next pitch “as far as you could and still stay in the park,” Reinsdorf says. “We had a guy stationed in the outfield about 800 miles away who caught it.”

The next time up with runners on base and the students clinging to a one-run lead, Greenberg slashed a drive that the shortstop tried—unsuccessfully—to field. “It nearly took the hand off the shortstop,” Reinsdorf says.

Greenberg’s hit drove in two runs that put the faculty ahead. The law school’s permanent dean promptly declared the game over, preserving the faculty’s winning streak. “Cheaters,” Reinsdorf says. “I thought for sure we were going to beat them.”

Reinsdorf didn’t see Greenberg again until an old-timers game at Comiskey Park the day before the 1983 All-Star Game. By then the owner of the White Sox himself, Reinsdorf ran into Greenberg in the dugout. Twenty-three years later, the ump who had produced the game-winning hit still remembered the softball tilt. That pleased Reinsdorf, who was finally able to accept the loss.

Repoz Posted: April 02, 2013 at 11:09 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, tigers, white sox

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: April 02, 2013 at 12:23 PM (#4402006)
countered by summoning a girl to pitch


Was her name Judith?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 May 23: Baseball owners hear from Democratic, Republican strategists
(1137 - 8:09pm, May 27)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 5-27-16
(41 - 8:09pm, May 27)
Last: Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb

NewsblogWade Boggs feels ‘back home’ as Red Sox retire his No. 26 at Fenway Park
(43 - 8:07pm, May 27)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogTony LaRussa invades booth to argue with Pirates braodcaster
(21 - 7:53pm, May 27)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

Sox TherapyFeet of Clay
(7 - 7:48pm, May 27)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogHector Olivera’s suspension doesn’t fully clarify future with Braves | Jeff Schultz blog
(8 - 7:02pm, May 27)
Last: bigglou115

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(2594 - 7:01pm, May 27)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogUncompetitive Minor League Wages Might Be Deterring Talent
(57 - 6:56pm, May 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogMiklasz: Cards Blow a Chance to Beat Cubs: Another Reason to Despise the Sac Bunt
(25 - 6:44pm, May 27)
Last: Jacob

NewsblogAngels pitchers opt for stem-cell therapy | MLB.com
(6 - 6:23pm, May 27)
Last: Vailsoxfan

NewsblogHector Olivera suspended 82 games for domestic violence incident
(14 - 6:08pm, May 27)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogTwins suspend pitching coach Neil Allen after DWI arrest
(4 - 6:03pm, May 27)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogMLB: Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".
(34 - 6:01pm, May 27)
Last: Perry

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2016
(9 - 5:59pm, May 27)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogStew Thornley's macabre adventure: Visiting every dead baseball Hall of Famer's grave
(52 - 5:39pm, May 27)
Last: Batman

Page rendered in 0.1788 seconds
47 querie(s) executed