The Bob Wolff crazy shirt story I’ve waited years to tell

Option ultimately knocks.

I‘ve been ready for the chance to create — or transcribe — this tale since July 2017, when Rick Wolff informed it through his father’s memorial tribute at Madison Sq. Yard.

Bob Wolff — cherished sportscaster, essayist, broadcasting trainer and gentleman preacher of right over mistaken — had died at 96.

Rick — an author, publishing government and previous minimal league infielder out of Harvard — had scores of stories to opt for from. But he went with this 1:

“It was, I’d say, 1971, a incredibly warm summer’s day. I was playing in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League for the Brooklyn-Queens Dodgers. We played most of our games at St. John’s, but a couple were being at Creedmoor in Queens.”

Creedmoor, the moment indelicately acknowledged as an insane asylum, is now determined as a psychiatric facility.

“I parked, then walked more than to the field for stretching, infield and batting apply, the regular.

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“It was so very hot. The only shade was in the dugout. And in the dugout I fulfilled a participant who’d just joined our group, a catcher named Tom. We shook fingers and sat down. Tom seemed about. This wasn’t the finest discipline in the entire world and it was baked. And it was surrounded by, well, by Creedmoor.

“Tom seemed straight out and explained to me, ‘I really do not thoughts telling you, this spot presents me the creeps.’

“All of a unexpected, way off to the remaining, I see my father. Now he was never ever recognised for his sartorial splendor. And on this day he experienced on a pair of incredibly baggy black trousers and a quite faded Hawaiian print shirt that he likely experienced since school.

“On his feet he wore a pair of higher, black Converse sneakers. And on his head he wore an previous, off-white African pith helmet. What a sight.

“As my dad walked towards our dugout, Tom explained to me, ‘Oh, my God, seem at this dude! And he’s headed right at us!’

“So my father will come more than and sits following to us in the dugout. He’s sitting down there and we’re chatting about the hot climate and impersonal points, as strangers would, when I mentioned to my father, ‘Dad, I want you to meet up with Tom, our new catcher.’

“Tom was incredibly well mannered. ‘Very pleasant to satisfy you, sir.’ But it was apparent he was baffled.

“My father, explained, ‘Well, I’ll allow you fellas go about your company,’ and he still left the dugout.

“Tom waited a couple of times for my dad to wander from hearing selection then turned to me and suggests, ‘I’m so sorry. I experienced no thought your father is a patient here!’

“ ‘Perhaps he need to be,’ I explained, ‘but which is just the way he dresses.’ ”

Deaths emphasize Shofner’s Corridor of Fame omission

Bobby Mitchell, the very first black NFL participant for Washington, the place he starred as a receiver soon after enjoying functioning back — a “half back” as recognized when he started — with Cleveland in the late 1950s, died very last Sunday at 84.

Mitchell’s demise was preceded by two months by that of Del Shofner, the Giants’ star broad receiver — “split end” as they have been then regarded — at 85.

Our old pal, Philadelphia-based Ray Didinger, an NFL historian, sportswriter and archivist notes:

“In the many years 1958 through 1962, the NFL’s leaders in touchdown receptions have been the Eagles’ Tommy McDonald (55), Shofner (39), the Colts’ Lenny Moore (32), the Colts’ Raymond Berry (28) and Mitchell (27).

“The only a single of the five who is not in the Corridor of Fame is Shofner. A situation ought to be produced for him as a senior candidate in the near long term.”


As extensive as we have set the Way-Again Machine, Boy Sherman, one more from the Richie Ashburn File:

When he was a rookie manager in 1985, John Felske’s Phillies finished 75-87. In a radio interview on Opening Day the future season, Ashburn questioned what the Phils could be expecting to be distinctive from Felske in the impending year.

Felske reported he no longer was likely to be soft on umpires he was heading to get out there and back again his gamers to the hilt.

Ashburn assumed about that for a moment, then requested “Well, then, Skip, who will replace you just after you are tossed?”

As for Boy Sherman, of Mr. Peabody and Bullwinkle cartoon fame, Mort Drucker, the incomparable caricaturist who created Mad Magazine a wet day summer season camp need to, died Thursday at 91.

Junk e-mail purge

Additional from waiting around for the curve to flatten:

With nothing at all a great deal else to do, Wednesday — gratefully, no one particular in my household, household or among close close friends has been infected — I resolved to purge my personal computer of numerous many years of arrive-ons and marketing. All of it, right after all, is junk electronic mail I never solicited.

Very easily finished, suitable? Just glimpse for that small “unsubscribe” prompt, press it and voila! — I’m unsubscribed to dozens of advertisements to which I never subscribed.

Extra fat opportunity. When I strike the “unsubscribe” line, a new screen popped up demanding to know my e mail handle in purchase to unsubscribe. But if they understood my electronic mail to at first invade my e-mail, why really do not they know it to permit me to leave?

At last, with my electronic mail continuously typed in, I pressed post. Then most read, “Allow 10-15 business enterprise days to be unsubscribed.” Why? How extensive did it get for them to subscribe me to what I hardly ever preferred or subscribed?

At last, up on the display screen pops, “Sorry to see you go.”

And then I felt rotten about the total matter, as if I were ungrateful for all their unsolicited interest. Then I felt like a rat.


Virus, Misc. II: Amazon Kindle textbooks built me a fabulous shut-in supply final 7 days. I could “preorder” publications.

I could buy books in advance of I ordered books? Fascinating. Had the publications not but been published? So I appeared further.

Selling prices had by now been connected to the preordered books, so the advantage in preordering the textbooks that I could now get escaped me.

Unwilling to possibility it, I permit it go. While it may possibly have been well worth a several textbooks and bucks to see if I was despatched a thank-you for purchasing preordered books.