TRIVIA WINNER: Congrats to Dan Taguchi of Los Angeles, who correctly identified 1965 as the year the Beatles played Shea Stadium. The Prize: Starbucks Gift Card.
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ANSWER to the Trivia question in the previous column: The Beatles played Shea Stadium in August 1965.
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NEW TRIVIA QUESTION: Three of the four players listed in the column below all played in what same city during their career?
We are going to do something a little different this week. Reading our column has brought back some fun memories for some folks, so we thought we'd highlight a few.
Lin Christensen Bentrup, of Yankton, SD, relayed this story.
You recently asked for favorite 1960's players. I loved all of the TWINS, but Bob Allison was the first of "my boys." We were behind, Bob was due up. This 11 year old yelled "Hit a homer Bob!" & just like that it was over the Old Met score board! I KNEW he'd done it just for me! I finally met him years later with my 2 kids & related the story. The always kind gentleman signed his card to me & allowed us to pose with him for pix. The following year God called him home. Thanks for letting me tell that story once again.
Samuel Barrett of Phenix City, AL, sent us this story.
You may be interested to hear about a very interesting family connection on my dad's side with a talented player who debuted with your Pirates in the late 60's.
Bob Ibach of Chicago, IL told us this story.
Don was probably the star pitcher of the American Association (the AAA league that the Indians belonged to) in 1961, going 18-9 with an ERA well below 3.00, and getting a lot of local press. When he pitched the next season for the Senators, the local press would also make a big deal of the games that he pitched. I think that he may have had a streak of 26 or 27 innings of shutout ball in 1962. He would send me postcards throughout the seasons of 1962 and '63. As well, during the holiday season, our family would get a card from his family for a couple of years. I can remember getting a postcard from him at the end of the '63 season, saying something like, "I guess my prediction for a 20 game winning season went the other way."He went 7-19 for the Senators that year. He invited my family up to Comiskey Park for the last game between the White Sox and the Senators. I can remember that he spoke with us for a few minutes, and that was the last time that we saw or spoke to him.