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1951Campbell
07-29-2003, 10:12 AM
I had always heard stories about him from folks a little older than I am. It was hilarious! They showed a game versus the Yankees He's so skinny and unassuming but every pitch is about 94 mph. And he really was talking to the ball. His sprinted off the field after every inning. He did about three curtain calls and he was all gangly and embarrassed and he shook everyone's hands. It was pretty amazing to see finally.

jortafan
07-29-2003, 11:40 AM
It's just too bad that he blew his arm out in spring training the following year. It would have been interesting to see how good a pitcher he would have become, had his arm remained sound.

Hullett_Fan
07-29-2003, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by jortafan
It's just too bad that he blew his arm out in spring training the following year...

That might be due to the fact that of his 29 starts, 24 were complete games...over 250 innings in his rookie year!!! What a waste. Managers sure were stupid back then.

Paulwny
07-29-2003, 12:04 PM
After a good to great defensive play was made he'd often point to the player and start applauding. If the play was the 3rd out he'd run over and shake the players hand.
The man was a breath of fresh air.

whitesoxwilkes
07-29-2003, 12:13 PM
Yeah...i saw it! What a hoot he was. Also funny to see a young Bruce Kimm behind the plate.

delben91
07-29-2003, 01:50 PM
Originally posted by Hullett_Fan
Managers sure were stupid back then.

Some things never change.

:jerry
"Ahem"

VeeckAsInWreck
07-29-2003, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by delben91
Some things never change.

:jerry
"Ahem"

Actually, Jerry Manuel was on the bench for the 1976 Tigers. If you ever catch the SportsCentury on Fydrich, Jerry Manuel is interviewed for it.

1951Campbell
07-29-2003, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by whitesoxwilkes
Yeah...i saw it! What a hoot he was. Also funny to see a young Bruce Kimm behind the plate.

And Willie Randolph looked really skinny.

cheeses_h_rice
07-29-2003, 04:13 PM
"The Bird" was either a coach or a manager of the Montgomery Rebels minor league team (Tigers affiliate) in the late '70s/early '80s when I lived there....anyone know what he's up to now?