Harvey Frommer / Yankees
Start Sending the News, Part
Story or statement of doubtful authenticity,
although widely circulated as being true.
“The Babe’s Age”
George Herman Ruth on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, as the story got
was an orphan. That was not true. His mother died when he was 16, and
father when he was in the big leagues. For almost 40 years, the Babe
had been born on February 7, 1894. Only when he applied for a passport
to go to
Japan in 1934 and had to produce his birth certificate did he realize
of one year had been made regarding his age.
The error became
one of record in 1902
when Ruth’s father gave his son’s incorrect birthdate date and year
boy first entered St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore.
Yogi Berra never was paid
for the character Yogi Bear even
though it was obviously named for him.
Mantle’s Tape Measure Shot”
Appel: "Red (Patterson) never got hold of a tape measure; he
it off with his size 11 shoes and estimated the distance."
DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams”
The popular perception is
that Joe DiMaggiofor 12.5 seasons. In 1936
Clipper started 54 times in center field. After that he made at least
starts almost every year for the remainder of his playing career aside
1949. Injuries limited him to just 76 games. Service in WWII 1943-45
his playing career.
After DiMaggio retired, Mickey Mantle became the next longest
center fielder. However, “the Mick” was not exclusively a
centerfielder. In his
rookie season of 1951 DiMaggio was still there. The Commerce Comet
games in right field and three games in centerfield.
From 1952 for the next 15 seasons the Mick
was fixture as the Yankee centerfielder.
In 1967, Mantle moved to first base for his final two seasons.
fielder until 1993. He actually played from in 1991-1992, but that was
part-time. The graceful Williams manned centerfield through the 2005.
and final year as a Yankee in 2006, he splitting time between left
center field and designated hitter.
Wally Pipp & the Aspirins
took the two most expensive aspirins in history" has gone down in
as one of baseball’s most famous quotes.” It is untrue.
Gehrig's streak began a day earlier when he pinch-hit. The next day he
positioned at first base and his long tenure began – 2,129 straight
in those days a mild headache would never keep a player out of a game.
played on through pain and injury. That, in fact was what the Iron
Horse had to
do to set his record consecutive games played.
The Baby Ruth
in 1921, the Curtiss Candy Company claimed that it was named after Ruth
Cleveland, the late daughter of ex-president Grover Cleveland. That
claim a legal ploy allowing Curtiss to name the candy the Babe and not
his permission. Diphtheria actually claimed Ruth Cleveland at age 12 in
17 years before “Baby Ruth” candy bar was introduced when the Sultan of
was in his prime time years. A P.S. to the confection is that it
named "Kandy Kake.” The name was changed after
George Herman Ruth became the star of stars
Joe Di, The Boss & Monument Park
story was that Joe DiMaggio wanted a monument in his honor at Yankee
one to take its place near other immortals in Monument Park.
the 1990s, George Steinbrenner approached the Yankee Clipper and told
his plans for a monument to DiMag.
said, 'I'm still breathing, still alive, I'm not going into a memorial
didn't want the honor until after his death. Joe DiMaggio died on March
1999. His monument was unveiled April 25 of that year.
DOHERTY: Bob Sheppard was the
Yankees public address announcer from Tues April 17, 1951 through his
in the Stadium on Weds September 5, 2007, an unparalleled 57 seasons.
Sheppard never returned to the Stadium after September 2007, starting
the Yankees played a recording of Bob introducing Derek Jeter, the
“Now batting for the Yankees, Number 2, Derek Jeter, Number 2.” Hard as
be to believe this was the first time Bob ever introduced a batter by
“Now batting.” It was a true urban legend, used in countless Sheppard
impressions for years, that Bob introduced batters with “Now batting.”
until the pre-recorded Jeter announcement, Bob never uttered such a
announced pinch hitters with, “Batting for X” but never using “now.”
batter came to the plate for the first time in a game the intro was
same, “Number. Name, Position. Number.” For 57 seasons. When a batter
the plate for subsequent at bats Bob’s introduction template was
(post-1966, he only announced first at bats through the end of ’66).
Name.” Period. Supposedly when Bob was recording at his home the
intro he decided to add “Now batting” to it since this was a unique
“one-of-a-kind” introduction that needed to fit a Jeter at bat whether
playing shortstop or DH or he was pinch hitting. But Bob never uttered
type of intro before…no matter who you heard impersonating Bob before
season including Derek Jeter!
About Harvey Frommer: One of the most
respected sports journalists and oral historians in the United States,
of the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red
Dr. Harvey Frommer is an expert on the New York Yankees and has
written more books, articles and reviews on the New York Yankees than
anyone. In 2010, he was selected by the City of New York as
historical consultant for the re-imagined old Yankee Stadium site,
Field. A professor for more than two decades in the MALS program at
College, Frommer was dubbed “Dartmouth’s Mr. Baseball” by their alumni
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