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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
  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 b
  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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