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 on: July 24, 2018, 12:22:58 PM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by doctordoowop
Of course  Roy  was  half white--Italian.

Scully quoted  Roy a lot--most common was-"you need  a lot of little boy in you to  play  this game."

Dont recall  much  coming from Newcombe,  Black,  or Gilliam either. Amoros was Cuban-English poor.

 on: July 24, 2018, 08:13:24 AM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by JoeC
Interesting dynamic of "tension" between Robinson and Campy. Two VERY different personalities. Robinson, it's reported, was often frustrated with Campy's lack of militancy on civil rights. Almost to the point of him viewing Campy as a bit of an "Uncle Tom." Campy thought Jackie was too outspoken. Yet, obviously, they got along as teammates and friends later in life.

Ironic because Robinson ended up a staunch Republican (huge fan of Richard Nixon in the 60s).

 on: July 24, 2018, 12:49:12 AM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by doctordoowop
379  was  close. 

Joe--Roxie  took  very  good of Roy--sweet lady.

Most forget--but he had a popular  interview show--"Campy's Corner"   before the Dodgers  moved to LA.  Think  on WOR--9.

 on: July 23, 2018, 11:29:11 AM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by Robb_K
Rite--Wilhelm's  HR--amazing.

How about  Joe  with  379 HRs  believe  &  only  369   K's.   Stanton has  about 200  ks already. Grin Grin Grin Grin

Joe  was  robbed TWICE  by Ken Keltner  & then in hit  another  17-18 straight.

66  game  streak  for Seals.   

Joe was  pretty  much  dysfunctional  personality wise--but  wen asked  why  he   ran so  hard  in say 9th inning of  a 9-0  game--said "  Probably  a  lot of fans here

never saw me  and never will  again--I owe  100%  effort to them." 

Is that including World Series and All Star HRs?  Joe D. had only 361 regular season Hrs.

 on: July 22, 2018, 07:18:55 PM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by JoeC
Only minor consolation, and it's very minor, was that the accident happened to him after he got to play 10 very productive years in the majors and was 36 years years old.

Dodgers deserve much credit for not turning their backs on him as an organization. Think he moved to LA as soon as he could after rehab and lived many years in Woodland Hills. He had 36 yrs as a great athlete, and then the last 35 in the wheelchair.

Wonder if modern medicine could've achieved another outcome for him than was possible back in '58? Fractured his 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae and had a compressed spine, according to Wiki.

 on: July 22, 2018, 07:17:15 PM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by bklynmike101

Roy's playing days were over just before I got into baseball at age 7 in '59. But I must have read his "it's Good To Be Alive" book 20 times and was "hit" at the Glen Cove ice patch incident every time. In the early 60's while attending a Yankees (that's right) old-timers game and walking with my dad outside the stadium, we saw him being wheeled by handlers  and my dad spotted/recognized him and pointed him out to me. I can still see the image.   

 on: July 22, 2018, 06:39:03 PM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by doctordoowop
Roy  could have  played  all  4  yrs  in the  Coliseum. 

When I met him  at Vero  1990  it was  my 1st &  his last  camp.  Got very teary  eyed  & had to work hard not to cry.  (Me,not Roy) Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

I recall  how   great he  was  with  kids  on Felton. 

Duke's  farm was in N San Diego  Cty.

 on: July 22, 2018, 04:39:43 PM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by JoeC
Yup, Campy's liquor store was in Harlem.

Mike, thanks. I was a NY Giants fan in the 50s but I remember how devastated I was on reading about Campy's auto accident in January 1958 that left him paralyzed. Was driving home to Glen Cove at night in his 1957 Chevy. Cops estimated he was only going 30 mph when he hit an ice patch, a telephone pole and the sedan turned over. Hit me hard as a 14 year old; probably the first time I dealt with a sports hero tragedy like that.

The fact that he was a major star (and had been for years) and was driving a Bel Air is very revealing about how ballplayer's circumstances have changed. A star player like Campy in a low-end sedan?

 on: July 22, 2018, 02:04:40 PM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by bklynmike101
Yup, Campy's liquor store was in Harlem.

 on: July 22, 2018, 07:01:12 AM 
Started by Robb_K - Last post by JoeC
You could probably count the college grads playing MLB on one hand back in the old days.

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