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Saturday, July 06, 2002

Let's Make it a Baseball Saturday

I was watching the introductions for the NY Yankees Old-Timers Day. There was a special tribute to the '77 World Champions, and Reggie got a plaque in Monument Park. My favorite moment was when the camera caught Phil Rizzuto in the dugout while he was introduced as "the greatest shortstop in the history of the Yankees." He smiled and shook his head, and said something that looked like, "Hey, he said it, not me". We know he's a Jeter fan, so it will be interesting to see if he has a quote in the papers tomorrow.

As a bonus, we have a semi-topical Rizzuto story from his days in the broadcast booth. He and Bill White were discussing the eternal question, to wit, which record will never be broken. "Ted Williams hitting .400?" "Oh, someone might come along and do it, guys have come close" says the Scooter. "Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak?", offers Bill White. "Oh, I don't know," says the Scooter, "someone might come along and break that. I think the record that will never be broken is Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series." "Well now, hold on, someone could come along and pitch a perfect game in the Series". "Yes, White, and that would tie the record".

MVP, Hall of Fame, and a Grammy. Holy Cow!

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