By Bob Broeg
In his autobiography, Bob Broeg's anecdotes and revelations comprise tales approximately gamers, managers, vendors, video games, seasons, personalities, writers and Broeg himself, fill the ebook and the reader's center.
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The Yankees popularized uniform numbers in 1929, striping their monkey suits to slenderize the so-called Big Monkey. Whether homering with towering drives, striking out with Richter-scale seismographic rumbles or popping up, like an express elevator going up a shaft, he was a sight to beholdif looking into the sun didn't make your eyes water. Perhaps apocryphally, Jimmy Dykes insisted Babe uppercut an infield fly so high one day that when Dykes dropped the ball, the Babe reached third base. Page 17 My last two playing-field looks at the Bambino, like my first, had unusual aspects.
In late September, while I stood at a window in my south side Mt. Pleasant school and watched a pitch-dark late afternoon rain, a horrific tornado devastated the city's northeast side. The savage twister killed 86, injured 500 and inflicted $10 million in damages. It tore the right field roof off the Sportsman's Park pavilion and dumped twisted wood and steel into Grand Avenue. The center field flagpole was blown down. Girders were bent. Although my ball park appearances were few in 1927, I saw something that never left my memory.
Louis won in the tenth, 7-6. Hornsby's homer provided a dramatic twist. Only recently he had been released by the Cardinals, a worn-down 38-year-old pinch-hitter, to manage the lowly Browns and occasionally play. When Rog came down out of the third base coach's box to hit, the Yankee bench gave him three jeers. '" The Rajah, a righthanded hitter, stood deep and in the far corner of the batter's box, so he could stride directly into a pitch. The Yankee pitcher, one of the best, was Lefty Gomez. Rog hit Lefty's first offering onto the roof in right-center and he trundled head down around the bases.