(Giant impact hypothesis aside) If only Governor Christie could run into Rick Reuschel.
Ohio Governor John Kasich has gone to bat for former Pittsburgh Pirates great and Portsmouth native Al Oliver, by writing a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame, urging Oliver’s election. Now, the Hall has responded with a response to Kasich.
“We thank you for taking the time to write and share your recommendation and suggestion with us,” Brad Horn, Senior Director of Communications and Education, said. “Your letter will become part of materials that are available to members of the Historical Overview Committee and the Era committees that consider candidates for Hall of Fame election.”
“”First of all I have to give the governor credit for following up on what he said,” Oliver said Wednesday afternoon. “Because in this life, you meet people who promise you a lot of things, but they don’t come through. So I have to tip my cap to him for following up. The common thing we have going for us is the Pittsburgh connection, and I know people that he knew in McKees Rocks (PA) where he’s from. Some of my best friends are from the same place that he’s from. And I feel honored about it.”
...Oliver said the governor asked him two questions.
“He asked me why I was not in the Hall of Fame,” Oliver said. “I said, ‘governor, I really don’t know,’ because he saw the stats and he strongly believes I belong.”
Oliver, who won the batting title in 1982 with a .331 batting average, was a lifetime .303 hitter, appearing in the All-Star game in 1972, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.
“The last question he asked me, point blank, ‘do you belong?’” Oliver said. “It was a direct question and it had to be a direct answer and I said, ‘governor, I do.’”
Posted: November 16, 2012 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
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