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Friday, June 22, 2018

Late Yankees Pitching Coach Billy Connors: A Character With A Huge Appetite For Life

Billy Connors, the former Yankees pitching guru who died on Monday at age 76, was a man of prodigious appetites.

He could eat – at the time of his death, he must have weighed close to 300 pounds, and according to friends, hadn’t been out of a chair, literally, in years. Reggie Jackson told me on Wednesday that during his days as the Yankees pitching coach, Connors would make a big show of coming to the ballpark each day with two dozen donuts that he would leave out for the players.

One day, Jackson stopped at the donut shop on his way to work – and was told by the owner that Connors had just left with his daily order – three dozen donuts “for the guys.’’ Jackson, nobody’s fool, quickly deduced that Connors made the missing dozen disappear on his drive park.

But Connors’ real appetite was for beautiful women and unusual animals. Maybe not in that order, and definitely not together. But Connors’ passion for both might have surpassed his knowledge of pitching, of which he was an acknowledged master.

After a three-year big league career as a right-handed reliever for the Cubs and Mets, Connors reinvented himself as a pitching coach. In 1982, he was hired by the Cubs, and while in Chicago he wasted none of his free time. Connors somehow became fast friends with famous Chicago resident Hugh Hefner, a magazine publisher, who as a gesture of friendship began introducing Connors to some young women he knew.

And so began Connors’ relationship with an adult-film actress who was born Dorothea Hundley but was known professionally as Seka. She was 12 years younger than Connors and needless to say, a looker. Her nickname was The Platinum Princess and she had acted alongside some of the, well, biggest names in porn. (On a sidenote, Connors was prohibited by the Cubs to bring Seka to any games at Wrigley Field on the grounds that it was a “family ballpark.’’)

The experience of dating Seka served Connors well in his day job, however; whenever he visited the mound to calm down a pitcher, his standard line was, “What are you worried about? I had to follow John Holmes.’’

Sounds like a fun guy ... RTFA.

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awesome, gluttony, lust, yankees

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   1. Batman Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:41 AM (#5697761)
Pitching coaches seem like fun guys, along with clubhouse attendants, utility infielders, and organists.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 22, 2018 at 11:32 AM (#5697803)
The experience of dating Seka served Connors well in his day job, however; whenever he visited the mound to calm down a pitcher, his standard line was, “What are you worried about? I had to follow John Holmes.’’


This is fantastic.
   3. asinwreck Posted: June 22, 2018 at 11:34 AM (#5697810)
Realizing Seka is in her mid-sixties makes me feel very old.
   4. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 11:43 AM (#5697818)
This is great as well:

Connors could always get a laugh out of a pitcher when needed. One day in Cincinnati, Rick Sutcliffe, the Cubs' ace righty of the '80s and '90s, surrendered back-to-back home runs to Paul O’Neill, then with the Reds, and Eric Davis, each blast followed by a celebratory volley of fireworks from the outfield scoreboard.

After the second home run, Connors made the trudge to the mound, only to be met by an icy glare from the 6-6 Sutcliffe. "Get your fat ass back in the dugout," Sutcliffe growled.

"I’m not coming out to talk to you," Connors responded. "I just wanted to give the fireworks guy time to re-load."
   5. Man o' Schwar Posted: June 22, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5697901)
Wait, he dated Seka? That's stunning to me. I remember Billy Connors as the pitching coach with the Cubs. He wasn't exactly Don Johnson.
   6. . . . . . . Posted: June 22, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5697941)
and a pair of mini-donkeys he named Mo, for Rivera, and El Duque, the latter of which he said shared a physical characteristic with the donkey.


Am I crazy for reading this to imply that El Duque was a lucky man?
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5697973)
El Duque, the latter of which he said shared a physical characteristic with the donkey.

A hairy back?
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 03:01 PM (#5698008)
Am I crazy for reading this to imply that El Duque was a lucky man?

I don;t know. They are mini-donkeys.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 22, 2018 at 03:38 PM (#5698050)
Realizing Seka is in her mid-sixties makes me feel very old.
Is she doing GILF content these days?
   10. Batman Posted: June 22, 2018 at 03:40 PM (#5698052)
El Duque, the latter of which he said shared a physical characteristic with the donkey.

A half-brother named Livan?
   11. Man o' Schwar Posted: June 22, 2018 at 03:45 PM (#5698057)
Realizing Seka is in her mid-sixties makes me feel very old.

The first "adult" thing I ever obtained was a deck of Swedish Erotica playing cards that featured Seka in poses/action from her various movies. They were passed around school with great fervor (this was about 35 years ago).
   12. Batman Posted: June 22, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5698068)
The first "adult" thing I ever obtained was a deck of Swedish Erotica playing cards that featured Seka in poses/action from her various movies. They were passed around school with great fervor (this was about 35 years ago).
We had something similar, but we could only afford the cards that featured Billy Connors.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: June 22, 2018 at 04:28 PM (#5698108)
I am hearing Post 12 with a Dark Knight voice
   14. Leroy Kincaid Posted: June 23, 2018 at 11:05 AM (#5698342)
hadn’t been out of a chair, literally, in years


This of course begs the question of whether they know what "literally" means.
   15. McCoy Posted: June 23, 2018 at 11:16 AM (#5698344)
The writer could care less.
   16. dlf Posted: June 23, 2018 at 11:51 AM (#5698357)
Hopefully you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
   17. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 23, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5698370)
Hopefully you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

for all intensive purposes....
   18. Man o' Schwar Posted: June 23, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5698481)
Since he's dead now, it's kind of a mute point.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2018 at 05:02 PM (#5698497)
We should hone in on it nonetheless.
   20. Spahn Insane Posted: June 23, 2018 at 05:38 PM (#5698517)
Y’all are a bunch of bonified pre-Madonnas.
   21. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 23, 2018 at 05:49 PM (#5698523)
And I bet the lot of you are a bunch of preverts, as well.
   22. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 24, 2018 at 09:41 AM (#5698643)
When it comes to proper use of words, people should definitely tow the line.
   23. Batman Posted: June 24, 2018 at 10:24 AM (#5698649)
Connors would of gotten out of that chair in do coarse.
   24. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 24, 2018 at 01:25 PM (#5698701)
Connors was one of 3 members of the 1954 Schenectady NY Little League World Series champions who went on to a career in pro sports. Jim Barbieri played 39 regular-season games with the Dodgers in 1966 (101 OPS+), and had a pinch hitting appearance in that year's World Series, striking out against Moe Drabowsky in game 1.

The 3rd team member never played pro baseball, but was pretty successful in the world of basketball. Fella named Pat Riley.
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 24, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5698706)
in do coarse
Nobody actually writes this, do they?
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 24, 2018 at 03:13 PM (#5698744)
Connors probably wouldn't have gone along with any effort to limit his mound visits.
   27. Man o' Schwar Posted: June 24, 2018 at 05:42 PM (#5698818)
Bravo.
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 24, 2018 at 09:57 PM (#5698920)
Connors probably wouldn't have gone along with any effort to limit his mound visits.
I dunno, I think six a night would be about all anyone could take.

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