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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Paige: Pueblo’s Turk Lown defines honor on and off the baseball field

He once led the American League in saves. Another year, he led the AL in appearances. He didn’t give up a run in three World Series games. He played 18 seasons in the minors and the majors from the 1942-62.

On May 30, Lown will join an exclusive club of only 63 former players who are in their 90s, and the list of 500 ballplayers who fought in World War II has dwindled below 100.

“I certainly understand the real meaning of Memorial Day,” added Lown, who lost a band of brothers and buddies in the war. He respectfully declines to discuss his military experiences.

“I’m sorry, but I’ve never talked about it, even to my family. Those are bad times I want to forget. Somebody once said ‘War is hell,’ and they were right.”

I know, it’s Woody Paige, but this is a good one about a guy who was just a name to me.

Perry Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Perry Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4713207)
Sorry, botched the quote box. If you can't tell, only the last line of the excerpt is mine, rest is from the article.
   2. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4714240)
The Cubs paid $10,000 — double Lown's 1951 salary — to acquire "Turk," who earned the nickname because he ate turkey sandwiches every day.


I had always assumed that "Turk" somehow derived from his actual first name... "Omar" sounds vaguely Turkish to me.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4714245)
to acquire "Turk," who earned the nickname because he ate turkey sandwiches every day.

so why wasn't Wade Boggs called "Chick"?

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