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Monday, May 12, 2014

Randy Jones, Al Oliver & Dan Epstein live-blog the 1976 All-Star Game

EPSTEIN: Randy, going back to what you said about staying the Bellevue-Stratford hotel in Philly during All-Star week, and then there’s that breakout of Legionnaires disease two weeks later. How did you feel about hearing that news?

RANDY JONES: Yes I remember that well. That happened a week after we left. Myself and some of the Padre players couldn’t believe our luck at not getting sick. Figured it just wasn’t our time. Very freaky.

AL OLIVER: I remember the Legionnaires disease thing all too well. About two weeks after the All-Star break, I came down with an inner ear problem, balance problems. I was hitting .360 at the break, the best first half of my career-

EPSTEIN: You were leading the league in hitting at the time-

AL OLIVER: That’s right, and soon after that, I came down with the inner-ear problem. Got so bad I had to ask out of a couple games. They ran tests on me but didn’t find anything. Their conclusion was the inner-ear infection was causing my instability. I ended up not qualifying for the batting crown that year. I thought, some way, I got some kind of strain. I just wasn’t the same in the 2nd half.

djordan Posted: May 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: al oliver, all-star game, dan epstein, mlb, randy jones

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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: May 12, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4705348)
It's a shame that the AL starting pitcher can't be a part of this.
   2. Sunday silence Posted: May 13, 2014 at 02:42 AM (#4705608)
People should read the whole article it is very interesting. The best story was the one Jones tells about him and Johnny Bench calling for the curve ball. I think it's in the second inning (they are watching video of the game as they talk) he tells that story.
   3. djordan Posted: May 13, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4705679)
I watched The Bad News Bears a couple of weeks ago when it occurred to me how important the hand-held camerawork was to giving the film a more intimate feel that I believed was missing in the sequel. The other thing I found fascinating while we were watching the '76 All-Star Game was the Cedenoa at-bat against Tanana. At this point, there are only a handful of pre-'77 games in circulation and unless you have a copy of the Astros-Phillies '80 NLCS series, his work has been sort of lost to history. It's an amazing example of Cedeno's talent and a reminder of how much greater he could've been.

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