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Mick the Quick and Pass-the-Pasta-Tommy

Posted By Alex Belth On August 26, 2010 @ 10:59 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Josh Wilker on Tommy Lasorda [1] and Mickey Rivers [2].

On Rivers…

The other night ESPN Classic replayed the game that got Rivers and the Yankees to the first of the three straight World Series: the fifth game of the 1976 American League championship series with the Royals. Before the famed riot-sparking home run by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the ninth, Rivers keyed an early rally by slapping a base hit into centerfield. I’d forgotten how unusual Rivers looked and moved.

“What’s wrong with him?” my wife asked.

We were watching him strut-limp back to first after rounding the bag. He seemed like he’d been assembled in a rush from spare parts, long bow legs springing from a tiny torso, a weird jaunty lean to his body, as if he was suffering from a running cramp. His mouth was motoring.

“He’s a character,” was all I could say to my wife by way of explanation.


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[1] Tommy Lasorda: http://cardboardgods.net/2010/08/24/tom-lasorda/

[2] Mickey Rivers: http://cardboardgods.net/2010/08/17/mickey-rivers/

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