Happy birthday to The Kid

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102 years ago, a legend was born.
He accomplished many things but his work with the Jimmy Fund and the following show how truly great he was.
Edit: His career in baseball and service to his country obviously are terrific. But the commitment to the Jimmy Fund and his HOF makes him even more great.

View: https://youtu.be/Yi8ukM_NCf4
 
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There went the greatest hitter that ever lived. And yes that speech was so meaningful.
Thrill of a lifetime to meet the man the day before the game that shall not be mentioned in 1978.
 

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Bernie Carbohydrate's recent thread about Eddie Kasko mentioned that the Sox waited on giving Kasko a new deal after the '72 season while waiting to see if Ted was available to manage. This is the first I've heard of that story, and given that Ted was done in Texas after that season, I wonder why nothing came of it....presumably because he had had enough of managing anywhere at that point? I'm also kinda surprised that in my 45 years of following the Sox I never even considered why he never managed the team. His overall record was 89 games under .500, but that likely just reflects the talent levels of the rosters he was given, particularly that last year. I recall Jim Bouton in Ball Four mentioning that several of the '69 Senators had very positive things to say about him in the clubhouse.

Anyway, here's The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived on What's My Line in 1954:
View: https://youtu.be/4UxjbBFtS50
 
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Awesome job posting at the exact time you did.

It was noticed.
 

edoug

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Awesome job posting at the exact time you did.

It was noticed.
If this was referring to my post, thank you. I really appreciate it. I know it isn't new to anybody here but it is nice to see every once in a while.
 

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Bernie Carbohydrate's recent thread about Eddie Kasko mentioned that the Sox waited on giving Kasko a new deal after the '72 season while waiting to see if Ted was available to manage. This is the first I've heard of that story, and given that Ted was done in Texas after that season, I wonder why nothing came of it....presumably because he had had enough of managing anywhere at that point? I'm also kinda surprised that in my 45 years of following the Sox I never even considered why he never managed the team. His overall record was 89 games under .500, but that likely just reflects the talent levels of the rosters he was given, particularly that last year. I recall Jim Bouton in Ball Four mentioning that several of the '69 Senators had very positive things to say about him in the clubhouse.

Anyway, here's The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived on What's My Line in 1954:
View: https://youtu.be/4UxjbBFtS50
Ted's managerial career was victimized before the 1971 season by one of the worst trades ever made: Elliott Maddox, Norm McRae and Don Wert to the Washington Senators for pitchers Joe Coleman, Jim Hannan, shortstop Eddie Brinkman and third baseman Aurilio Rodriguez. Coleman was at that point in time a superior pitcher to McLain, who was toast from 1970 onward. Plus, Brinkman and Rodriguez were a very solid left side of an infield.
IIRC Ted was off fishing somewhere and owner Bob Short made the trade himself.
 

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If this was referring to my post, thank you. I really appreciate it. I know it isn't new to anybody here but it is nice to see every once in a while.
You need to post at 7:06 ET for us west coasters!

Nice job.
 

edoug

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You need to post at 7:06 ET for us west coasters!

Nice job.
Sorry. it just dawned on me what exactly what 7:06 ET meant. That's more clever than anyone should expect from me. I'm grateful that you didn't suggest that should be my last post. :)
Thanks again,