By Bob Broeg
In his autobiography, Bob Broeg's anecdotes and revelations comprise tales approximately gamers, managers, proprietors, video games, seasons, personalities, writers and Broeg himself, fill the publication and the reader's middle.
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Today's Page 15 game wasn't over," he chuckled, "but the Babe already had hit two homeruns against the Browns " After I zeroed in on the tales of Babe Ruth's pursuit of cold beer and hot women that afternoon in 1927, a year the Yankees' Murderers Row won 110 games and Ruth hit his record 60 homers, I could never hear or read enough about baseball's mostest man. I've asked many questions, too, especially of Waite Hoyt. Waite was a character in his own right. Asked by his father-in-law to bring a dead body to the family funeral home, Hoyt picked up the stiff, stuffed him into his car trunk, drove to Yankee Stadium, and pitched a winning game.
When Robby was an eighth grader at a little red schoolhouse on the outskirts of Springfield, Illinois, a prominent tavern owner brought a famous name for a visit in 1950, shortly before the visitor died. Introduced, the man got to his feet, and said softly, "Don't do what I did boys. " My own prejudice for Grover Cleveland Alexander stems, of course, from that exciting final game of the 1926 World Series. Alexander sat in the bullpen in a red-jacketed blanket sweater with the collar pulled up and his cap pulled down over closed eyes.
My old friend, Sam Muchnick, Page 32 the reformed baseball writer who made a fortune as a wrestling promoter, always regarded Lou as one of the best. Thesz was recognized six times as champion of the National Wrestling Alliance. At age 74, he wrestled the champion of Japan in Tokyo, where Thesz taught the American version of the ancient Greco-Roman art and was a big fan favorite. " In view of Lou Thesz's international recognition as a championship wrestler, that older neighbor kid with the sunken chest earned the rare bragging right of bellying up to a bar and saying, "I chased Lou Thesz and Bob Broeg up an alley.
Bob Broeg: Memories of a Hall of Fame Sportswriter by Bob Broeg