DXMachina (dxmachina) wrote,
DXMachina
dxmachina

Ole Preach

Reese, Robinson, RoeRIP, Preacher Roe.

Roe pitched for the Dodgers in the early fifties, and was one of the players featured in Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer. He was the source of my favorite quote from that book. Kahn mentions that Roe once hit a home run to win a ball game, and that it was a very rare event.

Kahn: "The book also says you came to bat 620 times and that was the only home run."

Roe: "Yep. You got a secret weapon like that, you don't want to go showing it around."


By all accounts, he was quite a character. When he retired at 39, unusually late in those days, he attributed his longevity to "clean living and the spitball." Later he wrote an article for Sports Illustrated on how to throw the illegal pitch.

I really like this picture I found of Roe, celebrating his win in the third game of the '52 Series with Pee Wee Reese (on the left) and Jackie Robinson. First there's just the sheer joy on the faces of the three men. But there's also the context, two white men from the south embracing a black man in the early fifties. Quite a photo.
Tags: baseball, remembrance
Subscribe

  • Pollenpocalypse 2014

    Boshe moi, the pollen vortex is frackin' killing me. March finally showed up on April 1st, and for the past few days April has been trying to shove…

  • Snow Daze...

    I am so done with winter... I've had to deal with two full and one partial snow days in the last week and a half. One of the full ones and the…

  • Still a Little Bothered

    Am in Maine, at my campsite using the campground's free wireless. What a world with such wonders in it. The arm wound turned out not to be a…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment