That venerable sage from the east
- Jan 9, 2015
Say Hey will always be my favorite. I had the great pleasure of seeing both play here in NYC. On Oct 9, 1973 I was in the stands when Pete Rose slid hard into Bud Harrelson and a fight erupted. When Rose returned to play left field (I was high up in the left field stands) the fans pelted him with bottles, cans, and anything that was about. Tom Seaver, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and Cleon Jones walked out to left field and held up their hands asking us all to cool it. The Mets won 9-2. Later that month, Oct 22, 1973, the Mets beat the Braves and Hank Aaron to win the NL pennant. I was there and walked the field after the game was over. I was also in the stands in the 1964 All Star game where I saw Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Whitey Ford and Roberto Clemente. RIP to all of the greatest I ever saw.
We were fortunate to be able to see these greats towards what I believe was the tail end of the golden era of baseball. There were so many great HOF players that played between 1955 and 1975. With the advent of TV, and the industry's willingness to show more and more games on TV as time went along, we got to see most of the greats that we would not have. I was a national league guy. I didn't care that much for the American League.
I went to several Los Angeles Angels games in their inaugural season of 1961 at Wrigley Field. Those games paled in comparison to the Dodgers' games at the LA Coliseum. Both teams moved into Dodger Stadium the next year. I got to see ALL of the national league teams between 1962 and 1975. Ernie Banks, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Frank Robinson, Robin Roberts, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Eddie Matthews, Tony Perez and too many others to name. The best of the best!! I know I missed out on a lot of great American league HOF's but I was satisfied with the national league teams.
My interest in MLB began to wane after the '78 season. A year later, "Show Time" made it's debut at the Forum in Inglewood. LA became "intoxicated" on Laker basketball. 🤪