Friday, August 6, 2010

Rodak Remembers: Baseball Quiz #16

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After his brilliant career was cut short by arm trouble, this legendary pitcher later went on to team with Buddy Blattner as the color announcer for the Saturday Game of the Week, back when they played baseball in the daytime. His deliberately hayseed delivery, which included some country crooning, served as the model for that of Dandy Don Meredith on Monday Night Football, a decade or so down the line:

Who is he?

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15 comments:

Lynne H. said...

Buddy Wells? Just a stab in the pitch black dark?

Rodak said...

Nope.

Moose said...

That's the ace of the Gashouse Gang, Dizzy Dean.

Is it me or does baseball have the greatest nicknames? Even today.

Good stuff.

Rodak said...

You got it, dude. I remember ol' Diz well on those Saturday afternoon games. He was very entertaining. Quite a character. He probably slipped into self-parody some but what the hey...

Moose said...

Yeah, I love the stories you hear about the old-timers.

Speaking of which, I'm not sure if you get Sports Illustrated but there is a great article on Stan the Man in last week's issue. If half of what they say about him is true, he is a one-in-a-million person. If you don't have it, I would recommend going online to read it. Reading the article was especially poignant for me since I'm reading a biography on Ty Cobb right now. Two VERY different people.

Rodak said...

I have lots of pics of Stan the Man, but he's too obvious for a quiz subject. I'll try to remember to check out the article.

Moose said...

Oh yeah, you can't make him a question here....especially when you have a picture involved. The Dizzy Dean question today was a good one. Everyone has heard of him but many don't remember what he looked like.

I would like to read your take on the Musial article if you get a chance to check it out.

Btw, the Phillies are starting to gel right now....at least the pitching is. Howard going down doesn't help since he's key in the cleanup spot. This could be a great pennant race down the stretch.

If I don't talk to you, have a good weekend.

Cheers.

Rodak said...

Moose I couldn't find the Musial article. Can you send me a link? Thanks.

Moose said...

Sorry for the delay. Here it is.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1172566/index.htm

Let me know what you think. He reminds me of an uncle I had whom everybody loved.

Rodak said...

Thanks, Moose. Will do.

Rodak said...

Thanks for sharing that, Moose. It literally choked me up. Blatant goodness is rarely seen. Instead of a Quiz, my next baseball post will be some of the pics of Musial I saved as a young kid. I only saw Musial play on TV, but even as I kid I knew how great he was. There were two guys: Musial and Williams. Everybody else scrambled for third place.

Moose said...

I never got the chance to see him play, obviously, but always loved hearing the stories of him. And, yes, the article puts a lump in your throat. I do believe that there are guys out there now like him but that isn't as much of a story to tell as the assholes (or at least the outspoken ones), especially these days with our gotcha journalism and "tell all" behind-the-scenes books.

I like how you state that the top was between Musial and Williams. Just look at the contrast between the two players. Williams seemed to excel based on his intensity and drive. Musial (not saying he wasn't intense or driven mind you) seemed to do well because he love being out there playing a game. Two totally different animals when you think about it. Also, I'm not saying Ted didn't love playing but I just don't think he derived the pure joy of playing ball that Stan did.
Definitely makes you want to read more about him, doesn't it?

Rodak said...

Yeah. But I gotta think that the reason there's been no major bio done on him (other than that he's still alive) is that he didn't even generate the kind of dramatic controversy, on or off the field, that sells books. There are no secrets, scandals, or incidents to add spice to the meal.
As for Williams, he was also a war hero, which adds stature and drama to his life, especially with his own generation, and with mine, I suppose.

Graham Womack said...

Jay Hanna Dean.

Or, as I'm sure lots of folks are saying here, Dizzy Dean.

Rodak said...

Wow! Middle names even! Very impressive Graham. Very impressive!