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Old 07-12-2012, 10:19 PM
soxfan1965 soxfan1965 is offline
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Smoky was able to extend his career to age 40 by being a specialist who was a fan favorite when he was called on. I think he's still up there in career pinch hits. Probably because of long minutes on the bench and his age, it was fun to watch his warm up routine in the on deck circle before pinch hitting, eventually windmilling double bats/iron rod. He would get his hit, then taken out to cheers for a pinch runner like Al Weis. I don't ever recall him actually behind the plate the few times he was, but his role was clear and needed by their lack of hitting depth (I recall the team needing to use Gary Peters as a pinch hitter). Too bad he didn't get a ring in 1964 or 1967, but he sure was special.
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