never did things like others, so I'm going to do my biography
backwards for this week's question.
I'm currently retired from baseball. My last few jobs were
doing some weekly radio reports, and before that, a minor
league instructor for the Chicago Cubs, where I tell my
outfielders to "Do what I say, and not what I do", because
I once defied my manager and left CF to play just in front
of the grass behind 2B for the weak hitting pitcher Ryne
Duren (he struck out).
I did some announcing before that, and "Holy Cow" did I
have a good partner to team up with while doing the Chicago
White Sox games in the 1970's. I played the game hard, and
expected others to do so also. Because of this, I always
seemed to be involved in something controversial, like kicking
a fan in the ass when he ran out into my CF territory in
Yankee stadium (I was with the Indians), or getting into
a fight with legendary brawlster Billy Martin (under the
grandstand in 1952). Yeah, I was a real character.
As a matter of fact, I appeared once on the "I Love Lucy"
t.v. show, and also had a movie made about me with Anthony
Perkins playing myself.
I ended my career in '67 with CAL, spent some time with
CLE from ''62 - '59, and played eight years with BOS, starting
in '50. My career numbers were .272 avg, 811 R, 104 Hr,
591 RBI, and 115 SB, but more importantly a .988 fielding
percentage, as I was tops in the game at my position in
the outfield. I was born Nov. 14, 1929 in Waterbury,