Baseball Crank
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September 8, 2006
BASEBALL: Pistol Pete

Wow. Ralph Kiner was saying tonight he once saw Pete Reiser hit the CF fence so hard they gave him Last Rites carting him off the field. It was a tough game in those days.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:57 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

BTW Crank, I hadn't known till just now (looking through your site) that you worked at the WTC. I remember frantically trying to get a hold of a friend of mine who worked near the WTC, on 9/11. He was okay but it took hours to find out. Another friend's husband who actually worked in the WTC was on a business trip in Detroit that day.

Posted by: John Salmon at September 8, 2006 9:23 PM

I guess I thought all the long time readers knew that by now...I'll probably re-run that column again Monday.

Posted by: The Crank at September 8, 2006 9:39 PM

That was quite a day; not much to say that hasn't been said already.

Back to Reiser: the people who speak of him who saw him play speak with awed tones of him. I figure a lot of that is what might have been. Don't know what he was like as a person when he played, but Roger Kahn spoke of him as perpetually crabby as he got older, crabby and bitter.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at September 8, 2006 10:36 PM

He was one of my dad's favorite players growing up as a Brooklyn Dodger fan. Says he was - or could have been, I guess, if he'd stayed healthy - better than Duke Snider.

Here's a nice article that also recounts the last rites. He was apparently carried off the field on a stretcher 11 times. I could see that making you crabby in old age.

Posted by: Al at September 9, 2006 6:06 PM
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