I am a lifelong fan of big league baseball. My earliest memory was of the Mantle/Maris chase of the home run record season. Pepitone, Boyer, Berra, Elston Howard, Kubek, Ford, etc. A rookie named Mel Stottlemyre came along a couple of years later and dazzled in his first WS. So many Yankee memories including, “I didn’t punch that doggie” from Billy/George commercial, to the sensational three pitches, three swings, three home runs by Reggie in the final game of the WS.
One summer night in the ’60s, my older brother and I decided to see if we could stay awake all night. We managed it and when the morning paper was delivered on the dewy front lawn we were rewarded with the headline that Koufax had hurled a perfect game. My recall is the opposing pitcher only allowed one hit and the Dodgers won, 1-0. Drysdale had his remarkable scoreless streak, later bested by Orel Hershiser, another Dodger, in the ’80s in a season he culminated with a WS clinching win agai...
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