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Fenway
12-18-2010, 07:25 PM
http://www.courant.com/sports/baseball/hc-walt-dropo-obituary-1219-20101218,0,5798171.story


http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/803/11308284/56%20dropo.jpg

http://whitesoxinteractive.com/History&Glory/DropoHits.htm

LITTLE NELL
12-18-2010, 08:53 PM
Was sick and did not go to school that day as I watched on WGN Dropo beating the crap out of Enos Slaughter in one of the great baseball fights of all time. Date was 6-13-57.

http://books.google.com/books?id=IT8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=walt+dropo+enos+slaughter+fight&source=bl&ots=7eaBCvbo57&sig=Rgba6tDY5J4mgRUR5qL-xM5Vtwc&hl=en&ei=aWUNTZrsFYOKlwfu15zFDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=walt%20dropo%20enos%20slaughter%20fight&f=false

Lip Man 1
12-18-2010, 10:13 PM
You were still in school on June 13th? Interesting. I went to Catholic schools and we were out by Memorial Day. I couldn't imagine being in school that late.

June 13, 1957 -The Sox and Yankees hook up in perhaps the greatest "basebrawl" in history. In the 1st inning New York’s Art Ditmar threw a pitch at the head of the Sox Larry Doby. As the pitch rolled to the wall, Ditmar ran to cover home. Doby warned Ditmar about the pitch, and then threw a left hook which dropped the Yankee pitcher. The fight appeared to have racial overtones and lasted a full thirty minutes. Chicago native (and current White Sox public relations employee) "Moose" Skowron jumped on Doby which brought Walt Dropo into the fray. Dropo was 6 -5, 220 pounds, and a monster for his time. At various times, Whitey Ford,Casey Stengel, "Jungle" Jim Rivera and Enos "Country" Slaughter were in the middle of it. Slaughter’s jersey was ripped to pieces and his hat knocked to the side of his head in one of the most famous photographs of the 1950's. After things settled down Billy Martin rushed into things and started in on Doby. Four players were ejected and fined for the melee.

Lip

Fenway
12-18-2010, 10:23 PM
Walt made the last out when Mel Parnell no-hit the White Sox in 1956. Dropo hit a grounder to Parnell who then ran to the bag himself.

Parnell and Dropo were friends from the Red Sox and Walt said "You trying to make me look slow?"

Mel replied "No, I didn't trust myself to make the throw."


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1956/B07140BOS1956.htm


WHITE SOX 9TH: STEPHENS REPLACED WILLIAMS (PLAYING LF); Esposito
walked; Aparicio forced Esposito (second to shortstop); PHILLIPS
BATTED FOR LAPALME; Phillips forced Aparicio (third to second);
DROPO BATTED FOR RIVERA; Dropo grounded out (pitcher
unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. White Sox 0, Red Sox 4.

slavko
12-18-2010, 11:42 PM
Great times. Chicago Public Schools started right after Labor Day and ended around June 21. Was it Walt or Earl Torgeson who was always "tickled to death to be with the White Sox" in interviews? My memory is fading.

LITTLE NELL
12-19-2010, 07:26 AM
You were still in school on June 13th? Interesting. I went to Catholic schools and we were out by Memorial Day. I couldn't imagine being in school that late.

June 13, 1957 -The Sox and Yankees hook up in perhaps the greatest "basebrawl" in history. In the 1st inning New York’s Art Ditmar threw a pitch at the head of the Sox Larry Doby. As the pitch rolled to the wall, Ditmar ran to cover home. Doby warned Ditmar about the pitch, and then threw a left hook which dropped the Yankee pitcher. The fight appeared to have racial overtones and lasted a full thirty minutes. Chicago native (and current White Sox public relations employee) "Moose" Skowron jumped on Doby which brought Walt Dropo into the fray. Dropo was 6 -5, 220 pounds, and a monster for his time. At various times, Whitey Ford,Casey Stengel, "Jungle" Jim Rivera and Enos "Country" Slaughter were in the middle of it. Slaughter’s jersey was ripped to pieces and his hat knocked to the side of his head in one of the most famous photographs of the 1950's. After things settled down Billy Martin rushed into things and started in on Doby. Four players were ejected and fined for the melee.

Lip

Chiago puplic schools went all the way to the 3rd Friday in June.
I remember my Catholic buddies always getting out earlier and also my sister who went to St. Henry's in Rogers Park.

LITTLE NELL
12-19-2010, 07:33 AM
Walt made the last out when Mel Parnell no-hit the White Sox in 1956. Dropo hit a grounder to Parnell who then ran to the bag himself.

Parnell and Dropo were friends from the Red Sox and Walt said "You trying to make me look slow?"

Mel replied "No, I didn't trust myself to make the throw."


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1956/B07140BOS1956.htm


WHITE SOX 9TH: STEPHENS REPLACED WILLIAMS (PLAYING LF); Esposito
walked; Aparicio forced Esposito (second to shortstop); PHILLIPS
BATTED FOR LAPALME; Phillips forced Aparicio (third to second);
DROPO BATTED FOR RIVERA; Dropo grounded out (pitcher
unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. White Sox 0, Red Sox 4.

I remember that no-no also, it was on a Saturday afternoon and was in my Uncles 1956 Olds 88 convertible listening to the game as we were heading down to buy some jazz records on the south-side. I'm pretty sure I cried because my beloved Sox were no-hit.
My Uncle was a huge jazz fan and when he went for his record buying trips he would also let me buy five or ten rock and roll 45s. How I miss those days.

wassagstdu
12-19-2010, 10:16 AM
Some time ago around the Fourth of July I remember seeing "New England Fireworks Dealer Walt Dropo" interviewed on television. Absolutely no mention of who he was. Wow. I always thought ex baseball players went off to inhabit some elevated plane of former demigods, like ex presidents. Of course Dropo never banked anything like the 9 figures he would make today. At least that's how I remember him.

TornLabrum
12-19-2010, 01:30 PM
The game where Dropo beat the bejesus out of Enos Slaughter was the second game I ever went to, and I carry the vision of Slaughter walking back to the Yankees dugout with his jersey ripped off and cap askew with me every day.

The Moose was a frustrating player for me. It seemed that he always struck out in clutch situations. Still he was a Sox player, and that trumped everything.

RIP Moose.

TommyJohn
12-19-2010, 03:22 PM
Great piece of trivia: Dropo played in, and homered twice in both the Red Sox' 29-4 slaughter of the St. Louis Browns in 1950 and the White Sox' 29-6 thrashing of the A's in 1955.

Brian26
12-19-2010, 10:54 PM
What stadium is supposed to be pictured in that '56 Dropo card? It looks a little bit like old Yankee Stadium on the left side, but the right side has a tall wall.

Lip Man 1
12-20-2010, 12:44 AM
Brian:

I'd guess Tampa and that the picture was taken in spring training. The Sox trained there before moving to Sarasota. I was at that facility in the mid 70's and I seem to remember a wall like that.

Lip

Fenway
12-20-2010, 07:27 AM
A Boston friend passes these along from his Red Sox days

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgwilkins/sets/72157625632178504/

palehosepub
12-20-2010, 11:08 AM
Was sick and did not go to school that day as I watched on WGN Dropo beating the crap out of Enos Slaughter in one of the great baseball fights of all time. Date was 6-13-57.

http://books.google.com/books?id=IT8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=walt+dropo+enos+slaughter+fight&source=bl&ots=7eaBCvbo57&sig=Rgba6tDY5J4mgRUR5qL-xM5Vtwc&hl=en&ei=aWUNTZrsFYOKlwfu15zFDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=walt%20dropo%20enos%20slaughter%20fight&f=false

I have a couple of great vintage wire photos from that fight, Mr Dropo had some guns on him!