The gif below is my latest entry in the photo series, honoring the great Bob Allison. The Sporting News excerpts to follow capture the quotes of that day, from principals such as Jim Kaat, Sam Mele, Billy Martin, and, of course, Allison himself. The full game box of Oct. 7, 1965 can be found here at BBRef.
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I've always loved the emphatic out call given by umpire Ed Vargo on
Allison's catch! That, and the clapping spectators. For the life of me, it
gives me a kind of JFK Zapruder film vibe.Go to MLB.COM for the
black and white NBC video version.
Twins manager Sam Mele called it probably...
(excerpt just above, and following: by eventual
Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (Writers Wing)
Milt Richmon (UPI) for TSN)
These three things, besides his attempted peace-making role in the 1969 Dave Boswell - Billy Martin fight, should be remembered about Bob Allison by all Twins fans :
- He was the ultimate, humble team player, so it would follow that...
- He was a much loved, respected teammate - Michael Cuddyer is a modern clone
- He played with an all-out football player's mentality, laying himself out on the basepaths as well as in the outfield - in fact, he may have been the most feared baserunner in MLB
All three of the above are obvious in the photos and newspaper accounts above.
Allison's catch was selected by Twins
fans as the "Favorite Moment" in team
history.( Source: Aug./Sept., 2000 Twins Magazine)
As our own Hall of Fame Twins Announcer Herb Carneal ended his broadcasts:
"So long, everybody!" - TT