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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Father’s Memories of Working with Carl Yastrzemski at Kahn’s-Hillshire Farm in the Early Eighties

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski worked as a spokesman for Kahn’s-Hillshire Farm.  Being a well-known baseball player with a memorable Polish last name, Yastrzemski was the perfect fit to help the company grow its kielbasa and smoked sausage market share.  When Yastrzemski and the Red Sox came into town to face the Baltimore Orioles, my father got the unique opportunity and rare privilege to work alongside and get to know a future Hall of Fame baseball player.  Over the years, my father has recounted his memories of Yastrzemski and shared his autographs, pictures, and other keepsakes given to him by the Red Sox legend.

Fiore Gino Posted: July 31, 2018 at 11:18 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: autographs, baltimore orioles, boston red sox, carl yastrzemski, dwight evans, joe dimaggio, memories

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   1. Shredder Posted: August 01, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5719251)
That was good read. My experience wasn't quite so extensive, but after the Angels fired Jim Fregosi, he either opened a food brokerage, or spent more time working with one he already owned. My dad was a food buyer for Sheraton, and he did a fair amount of business with Fregosi at the time. We had lunch with him once when I probably in fifth or sixth grade, and we used to get his Angels season tickets a few times per season. I was in Fregosi's seats for game four in 1986 when the Angels came back against Clemens and Schiraldi in the ninth, eventually winning in the 11th, taking a 3-1, and naturally making their first trip to the World Series a virtual inevitability.
   2. Fiore Gino Posted: August 01, 2018 at 05:36 PM (#5719280)
Good stuff about Fregosi. I imagine being an Angels fan that it felt overdue that the Halos would make the WS in 86

What I find interesting about Yaz's career is he had three 40 HR seasons and zero 30 HR seasons.In fact, his five highest HR totals were 44, 40, 40, 28, 23
   3. QLE Posted: August 01, 2018 at 05:54 PM (#5719283)
As a bit of a side note:

On the one hand, Kahn's associating with MLB isn't a surprise- they had issued baseball cards from 1955 to 1969, in one of the longest-run sets of the era.

Having Yaz as the spokesman, however, is more of a surprise- Kahn's operated out of Cincinnati, and (based on the players in their sets, at least) their chief market seems to have been the zone stretching from western Pennsylvania to St. Louis.
   4. dlf Posted: August 01, 2018 at 06:29 PM (#5719290)
What I find interesting about Yaz's career is he had three 40 HR seasons and zero 30 HR seasons.In fact, his five highest HR totals were 44, 40, 40, 28, 23


It certainly was a different time. He was in the top 10 in the league with both the 28 and 23 as well as a season with 21 homers.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 01, 2018 at 06:38 PM (#5719293)
Having Yaz as the spokesman, however, is more of a surprise- Kahn's operated out of Cincinnati, and (based on the players in their sets, at least) their chief market seems to have been the zone stretching from western Pennsylvania to St. Louis.

they certainly were big in Cleveland (technically Akron)--Kahn's was the hot dog served at Municipal stadium, but their constant ads during the Indians games were annoying

"Kanh's--the wiener the world awaited!"
   6. Sunday silence Posted: August 01, 2018 at 08:53 PM (#5719344)
was he fined $500 for loafing?
   7. Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: August 02, 2018 at 02:28 PM (#5719754)
For some reason I seem to remember other players being associated with Kahn’s. Greg Luzinski springs to mind. Maybe Johnny Bench or one of the Reds.

I didn’t know Yastrzemski’s friend in the pic Speaker Of the House “Tip” O’Neill got his nickname from the baseball player til I read that in he article
   8. aberg Posted: August 02, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5719869)
Being a well-known baseball player with a memorable Polish last name, Yastrzemski was the perfect fit to help the company grow its kielbasa and smoked sausage market share.


He was Polish? Who knew?
   9. Fiore Gino Posted: August 02, 2018 at 08:32 PM (#5720015)
It certainly was a different time. He was in the top 10 in the league with both the 28 and 23 as well as a season with 21 homers.

It's good the fan base rallied around him and didn't get disappointed after he went back to being a 15-25 HR guy after hitting 40 three times between 1967-1970

For some reason I seem to remember other players being associated with Kahn’s. Greg Luzinski springs to mind.

Well he's got the Polish name and the appetite for it
   10. Moeball Posted: August 05, 2018 at 06:26 PM (#5721416)
There is a "Yastrzemski's" shop on Main Street in Cooperstown but from talking to the proprietor he says it is merely coincidence that his family shares the same name with the great Yaz. He knows of no actual family relationship.

Of course, he is perfectly willing to take money from people who wander into the shop for no other reason than a famous name.
   11. Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: August 05, 2018 at 10:19 PM (#5721481)
What I find interesting about Yaz's career is he had three 40 HR seasons and zero 30 HR seasons.In fact, his five highest HR totals were 44, 40, 40, 28, 23

Looks like those three years were around/after Yaz worked out Hungarian Fitness Taskmaster or whatever it was, I guess his conditioning had a few season carryover effect
   12. Zonk is One Individual Posted: August 06, 2018 at 09:30 AM (#5721610)
I ain't gonna work on Yaz's farm no more?
   13. Nasty Nate Posted: August 06, 2018 at 09:36 AM (#5721614)
Max Yazgur's farm?
   14. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 06, 2018 at 11:45 AM (#5721700)
Nothing like a nice Hillshire Farm kielbasa between a couple of slices of Big Yaz Bread.

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