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    As long as we are into recording the death of non-track people, let us note the passing on Wednesday of Mickey Owen, the former Dodger catcher. He couldn't hold on to the ninth-inning, two-out, third-strike pitch that would have ended Game 4 of the 1941 World Series and tied the Series at 2-2. That passed ball proved to be the turning point of the Series. The batter reached first base and the Yankees, given a new life, rallied and won the game. The next day they won the Series from the deflated Dodgers. Maybe the most famous (or infamous) passed ball in baseball history. Owen was 89.

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    Cry me a river.

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    • #3
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      >Cry me a river.

      If you are trying to emulate a former Giant with your handle, Bobby spelled it Thomson.

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        I saw him play in Brooklyn, he was an excellent player, and a nice person. Besides that we share the same first name Arnold.

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          I just read the obit in today's NYTimes. I remember Mickey Owen very well. Even in the 60's he was well thought of. I was amazed he was only 89. Just like the 1969 Cubs here in Chicago, those mishaps only bring back fond memories. Santo, Beckert, Kessinger, Banks, Hundley...all played in the 1969 All Star game. Quite a bit different from today's fickle fans..

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          • #6
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            Not sure it's the "fickle fans" who are to blame; it's the days of unfettered free agency. Mr. Cub would have played in many World Series under the rules of today, instead of none.

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            • #7
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              Just
              >like the 1969 Cubs here in Chicago, those mishaps only bring back fond
              >memories. Santo, Beckert, Kessinger, Banks, Hundley...all played in the 1969
              >All Star game. Quite a bit different from today's fickle fans..

              What about Billy Williams & Ferguson Jenkins? Surely they *should* have been All-Stars too!

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                'What about Billy Williams & Ferguson Jenkins? Surely they *should* have been All-Stars too!'

                I agree, but I only mentioned the infield and Hundley who were picked for the All-Star game that year. By the way, if I remember correctly, they all played one inning together in that game.

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                  I believe the batter whose third strike was misplayed by the unfortunate Mickey Owen was Tommy Henrich of the Yanks.

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                    >>>let us note the passing on Wednesday of Mickey Owen, the former Dodger catcher. He couldn't
                    hold on to the ninth-inning, two-out, third-strike pitch that would have ended Game 4 of the 1941 World Series and tied the Series at 2-2.>>>

                    The story of the Owen's infamous "Dropped Third-Strike" was one of the favorite baseball stories of my youth, mostly because my father, who was 10 years old and living in the Bronx in 1941, used to tell me he remembers listening on radio to that game.

                    When my baseball card collecting hobby blossomed beyond the bubble-gum packs, I set out to find 1940's baseball cards of each of the key players in that inning--Owen, Hugh Casey (Dodger Pitcher), Tommy Henrich (Yankee batter who advanced to first base on the passed ball), and the other Yankees who contributed to their 4-run two-out rally (Joe DiMaggio (single), Charlie ("King Kong") Keller(double), Bill Dickey (walk) and Joe Gordon(double)).

                    Although cards from the 1940s are hard to come by, I eventually found most of these for my collection.

                    R.I.P. Mr. Owen.

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                      Tommy Henrich of the Yanks.

                      And his nickname was.....?

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                      • #12
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                        >Tommy Henrich of the Yanks.

                        And his nickname was.....?



                        Let's see. We had "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio, aka the "Yankee Clipper", Charlie "King Kong" Keller, but Tommy's handle escapes me. I'll bite. What was it? Tommy was from Massilon, Ohio, I believe.

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                        • #13
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                          >>Tommy Henrich of the Yanks.

                          And his nickname was.....?



                          Let's see.
                          >We had "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio, aka the "Yankee Clipper", Charlie "King
                          >Kong" Keller, but Tommy's handle escapes me. I'll bite. What was it? Tommy was
                          >from Massilon, Ohio, I believe.

                          Let's have it sit for a bit. Surely someone will know it... it was 2 words.

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                          • #14
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                            >>>Tommy Henrich of the Yanks.

                            And his nickname was.....?

                            Old Reliable

                            Note the BamBam3 - I have BamBam2 at work. Firefox imploded on my home computer and I had to re-register and could not get BamBam back. Still the same guy.

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                            • #15
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                              Why not just log-in with the same user name and password on all your computers?

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