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  • Birthday 8/12/1941
  1. Was a huge fan of Diamond Jim Gentile. True story: Gentile hit 21 homers for the 1960 Orioles. As we were packing up to go home after the 1961 Spring semester at the U of MD (College Park) I told the guy (Lefty) across the hall that Gentile would hit 50 homers that season. Lefty looked at me as if I was crazy, then said that if Gentile did hit 50 or more that he (Lefty) would buy a World Series ticket for me. Every time Jim hit a homer I sent a postcard to Lefty, with the only message being the current home run number. Alas, Gentile fell short with ?only? 46. When we returned to college in the Fall, Lefty said that he was pretty worried during the last few weeks of the season, and was amazed that my WA prediction came so close to being fulfilled. Of course, 1961 was the year of the M&M boys, as Maris & Mantle competed for the AL home run title and a chance to break Babe Ruth?s single season homer record (60). As we all know, Maris came out on top and broke the record with 61. Mantle finished with 52. They ended up making Gentile an afterthought.
  2. Gus Triandos. Been an Orioles fan since they moved from St Louis. Triandos was the O?s first big home run hitter. One season he hit 30, which tied him, at the time, for the AL single season homer record for catchers. Number 30 enabled the Orioles to defeat the MFY 1-0 on 9/20/1958, the game in which Hoyt Wilhelm pitched the O?s 1st no-hitter. Gus was very slow, but once he did hit an inside-the-park homer at Memorial Stadium. Once. A very hard hit line drive into the left field corner that bounced off the wall and rolled along the warning track toward CF. The left fielder over-ran the ball; by the time he retrieved it Triandos had chugged around the bases.
  3. Don Larsen. I remember Casey had him pinch-hit in the 9th inning of a 1956 game vs the O's. Don Ferrarese had a no-hitter through 8 innings, ruined by a lead off infield single by Andy Carey in the bottom of the ninth. Larsen was sent up to pinch hit and fouled out. Ferrarese & the O's held on for a 1-0 win.
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