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Title: The Man Who Played Harmonica Not named Tom Tresh
Post by: bklynmike101 on December 14, 2020, 11:55:20 AM
Sad to report the passing of Yogi's favorite  ;) pal, Phil Linz. At one time, both he and Tom Tresh were vying to be the next Yankee great at the SS position. Tresh, son of Mike Tresh, a long-time MLB player, won the job and started out with a few good seasons but for whatever reasons petered out relatively early, by around age 30 I'd say without looking it up. Linz was your average back-up utility infielder when not serenading his teammates on the bus.     


Title: Re: The Man Who Played Harmonica Not named Tom Tresh
Post by: JoeC on December 14, 2020, 02:14:47 PM
I remember that incident on the Yankee bus back when. After a loss at Comiskey Park, I think. Was that covered in Bouton's book?

Denis Menke died this month too. Believe he was originally a Milwaukee Braves bonus baby back in the late 50s. Had a long career covering the 60s and early 70s.


Title: Re: The Man Who Played Harmonica Not named Tom Tresh
Post by: bklynmike101 on December 15, 2020, 12:25:35 PM
Joe,

I have Bouton's Ball Four book and from memory do believe the book covered the Linz harmonica incident. great book, quite the eye-opener. Recall Bouton's explanation of why Gary Bell (solid starter with Clev & Bos) was nicknamed "Ding Dong". Not terribly flattering 9at least from a certain perspective) and rather salacious stories involving Mrs. Bell.

Didn't know about Menke - thanks for the info.  Another recent loss (pink card - '59 Topps) was the "original" Bob Miller, whose best efforts were as a member of the '50 Phillies Whiz Kids.