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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Forest Gump of baseball? How Clyde Sukeforth played a pivotal role in baseball’s biggest moments

Baseball is full of improbable stories, but there are few as unlikely and lovely as Sukeforth’s. Who could make this up? He was a small catcher (5-foot-10, 155 pounds) from Washington (pop. 800) in Lincoln County, Maine, who found his way to the majors by chance and ended up batting .354 for the Reds in 1929. He overcame a hunting accident that left him with diminished vision in his right eye, and he suffered a personal tragedy that he took with him to his grave.

In 1945, when he was a 43-year-old Dodgers coach and the team was hurting for players because of the war, he strapped on his gear once again ... and hit .294 in 18 games. It was later that very summer when Rickey sent Sukeforth on his top-secret mission.

What else? He could claim that no manager ever had a higher winning percentage in the history of baseball—he was 2-0. (“Quite a record,” he said.) He was the man who had to decide who was the better choice to face Bobby Thomson before the Shot Heard ‘Round the World.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2020 at 10:56 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: December 30, 2020 at 11:54 PM (#5996843)
Steve Wulf! Damn, he's been around FOREVAH.

For one, the book that really touched off the roto-baseball craze? He had a team in that league (Wulfhounds).
   2. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: December 31, 2020 at 12:51 AM (#5996847)
   3. Dr.-Elect JE Posted: December 31, 2020 at 12:05 PM (#5996889)
Are we absolutely sure that's Sukeforth in the photo with Jackie Robinson? I could swear it's John Mahoney.
   4. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: January 01, 2021 at 02:07 PM (#5996994)
Fantastic story
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: January 01, 2021 at 02:38 PM (#5996998)
yes, I bought the book in Post 2 the first week it was out - and we're still going strong!

as for the FA, it's a good, long read for a good, long weekend. worth your time.

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