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Fenway
01-08-2011, 05:50 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2011/01/08/2011-01-08_exyank_duren_wild_on__off_field_dies_at_81.html

http://futility.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451eb8269e200e554ef0c6d8834-800wi

TornLabrum
01-08-2011, 09:50 PM
I'll never forget the first time I saw him face the Sox (on TV) at old Comiskey Park. First warm-up throw went into the screen (which we later learned was SOP for him). The only Sox player to make contact with any of his pitches was Nellie Fox, and he popped out to (iirc) second base.

MarkZ35
01-08-2011, 11:09 PM
That's one hell of a hybrid. 100 mpg is unheard of

Huisj
01-08-2011, 11:39 PM
:hawk
"He threw gas...very efficiently."

Nellie_Fox
01-09-2011, 12:47 AM
:hawk
"He threw gas...very efficiently.":rolling:

LITTLE NELL
01-09-2011, 06:17 AM
I'll never forget the first time I saw him face the Sox (on TV) at old Comiskey Park. First warm-up throw went into the screen (which we later learned was SOP for him). The only Sox player to make contact with any of his pitches was Nellie Fox, and he popped out to (iirc) second base.

Thats the first thing that always came to my mind when the the subject of Ryne Duren came up. I might add that as he was warming up and looking through those thick glasses at Berra and pretending like he could not see him. It was quite intimidating for the next hitter who was ready to step into the batters box.

PS Duren lived right up the road from me in Lake Wales Florida.

johnr1note
01-09-2011, 12:05 PM
Ryne Duren's personal life is also an amazing story. If you read about how far he fell, and his journey back to a guy who dedicated his life to helping others conquer their addictions, you'll find it impressive. There is a big section on him in Peter Golenbeck's book "Dynasty." He was the centerpiece of the Yankee bullpen in 1959.

Fenway
01-09-2011, 12:13 PM
That's one hell of a hybrid. 100 mpg is unheard of

Ted Williams said he was terrified to face him. In the 50's the lights were not so good -

Not only could he not see but there were some games he admitted he was also drunk.
:o:

Railsplitter
01-09-2011, 02:19 PM
Ryne Sandberg was named in Duren's Honor, so Duren had at least two fans.

SephClone89
01-09-2011, 02:21 PM
Ted Williams said he was terrified to face him. In the 50's the lights were not so good -

Not only could he not see but there were some games he admitted he was also drunk.
:o:

WOOSH

That's the sound of the joke flying over Fenway's head. :tongue:

StillMissOzzie
01-09-2011, 03:15 PM
100 MPG? It's clearly a conspiracy by Big Oil to keep him off the market!

SMO
:redneck

SOXSINCE'70
01-09-2011, 07:50 PM
:hawk
"He threw gas...very efficiently."

But now, HE GAWN.