Sunday, July 02, 2006

Wouldst Parley with Eddie Stanky:

Eddie Stanky was a gutsy fighter of a baseball player with an excellent ability to hang in there at bat and draw many walks. In 1951 he was playing for the Giants, whose home games were at the Polo Grounds. This ball park had some box seats at ground level very close to third base. Being up close gives spectators a great view of the game, but with this view comes responsibility - to concentrate on every pitch, since a line drive can hit your face in a moment.

On this occasion that I remember, Stanky hit a line drive foul ball right at those box seats; the fans dove under their seats for cover as the ball flew by, then dusted themselves off and resumed their seats. Stanky then hit a second line drive foul ball right at those box seats; the fans dove under their seats for cover as the ball flew by, then dusted themselves off and resumed their seats. Stanky hit a third line drive foul ball right at those box seats; the fans dove under their seats for cover as the ball flew by, then resumed their seats. Stanky then hit a fourth line drive foul ball right at those box seats; the fans dove under their seats, etc. Stanky then hit a fifth line drive foul ball right at those box seats; the fans dove under their seats and this time they stayed down for a bit. Then a lone arm appeared and slowly waved a white handkerchief up for all to see. (Stanky hit the next pitch in fair territory.)
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