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PressBox: 1960-69 All-Baltimore Amateur Baseball Team

Things Of Jauschnegg & Krimmelbein…and Greg Arnold.

And then there’s Arnold, who went to Southern and lives now in Glen Burnie.

“Greg Arnold is the hardest thrower I’ve ever seen in the city of Baltimore,” O’Malley said. “I was hosting a show for the old Caltech Cable Company, and we were interviewing Jim Palmer at his house. He said Greg had the best arm he’s ever seen.”

But Arnold’s arm often did not jive with his personality.

“If there had been radar guns back then, he easily would’ve thrown in the high 90s,” O’Malley said. “He had a great arm, but he could also sing. He was an entertainer, and that often got in the way of his baseball career.”

When the hit movie “Bull Durham” came out in 1988, director Ron Shelton conceded that part of Tim Robbins’ character, Nuke Laloosh, was based on Arnold. The Orioles picked Shelton during the 1967 draft, and he spent five years in the Orioles’ farm system. In 1970, he played for manager Cal Ripken Sr. in Dallas, Texas. One of his teammates was Arnold.

“Greg was a great singer,” O’Malley said. “He would sing Tom Jones songs, Elvis. [Local businessman] Lou Grasmick took him to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks to perform, and he tore them up. He always wanted to be like Denny McClain of the Tigers, who was a very successful major league pitcher and then became an entertainer. Greg did it the opposite way and screwed up his baseball career.”


Repoz Posted: June 13, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 13, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4725112)
He always wanted to be like Denny McClain of the Tigers, who was a very successful major league pitcher and then became an entertainer.

Well, that's one word for it.
   2. Publius Publicola Posted: June 13, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4725117)
Somehow, I don't think those employees who saw their pension fund embezzled found Denny very entertaining.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 13, 2014 at 02:42 PM (#4725147)
Yeah, but I hear he knocked 'em dead at the prison open mic.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: June 13, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4725484)
b-r will have these stats up by the end of the week.

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