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Question 5 - Who Was I?

Who Was i?I never did things like others, so I'm going to do my biography backwards for this week's question.

I'm currently retired from baseball. My last few jobs were doing some weekly radio reports, and before that, a minor league instructor for the Chicago Cubs, where I tell my outfielders to "Do what I say, and not what I do", because I once defied my manager and left CF to play just in front of the grass behind 2B for the weak hitting pitcher Ryne Duren (he struck out).

I did some announcing before that, and "Holy Cow" did I have a good partner to team up with while doing the Chicago White Sox games in the 1970's. I played the game hard, and expected others to do so also. Because of this, I always seemed to be involved in something controversial, like kicking a fan in the ass when he ran out into my CF territory in Yankee stadium (I was with the Indians), or getting into a fight with legendary brawlster Billy Martin (under the grandstand in 1952). Yeah, I was a real character.  As a matter of fact, I appeared once on the "I Love Lucy" t.v. show, and also had a movie made about me with Anthony Perkins playing myself.

I ended my career in '67 with CAL, spent some time with CLE from ''62 - '59, and played eight years with BOS, starting in '50. My career numbers were .272 avg, 811 R, 104 Hr, 591 RBI, and 115 SB, but more importantly a .988 fielding percentage, as I was tops in the game at my position in the outfield.  I was born Nov. 14, 1929 in Waterbury, Conn.

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