Two of three plaques dedicated to Mickey Mantle
A World II and Korean War fighter bomber and later a champion fly fisherman,Ted Williams was considered an All American hero. John Updike’s short story, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,”, (The New Yorker, October 22nd, 1960) immortalizes Williams’ final home run.
For more Updike, see 30 years ago when Billy Buck broke Rhode Island’s heart
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the African-American player in the major leagues. In 1946 in Rochester, Robinson broke the color line at Red Wings Stadium.
An baseball icon of the 1950’s and 60’s, Mantle merited three references on the Walk. To contemporary eyes, the headline of Mantle and Mays’ $100,000 salary is indeed meager compared with the tens of millions now commanded by superstars.
Today, I doubt most baseball fans would immediately recall McLain’s achievement. The closest since was Bob Welch with 27 for the Oakland A’s in 1990. As current pitchers start fewer games with fewer decisions, McLain’s mark should last a long time.
1972 marked the first of many major strikes and work stoppages in American sports history.On Yogi Berra and Dale Berra and the 1973 World Series and Willie Mays and my father