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I still remember the first curveball ever thrown at me. I was about 13 years old and trying to make a local hardball team. As a right-handed batter, I was facing a right-hander on the mound. Upon releasing his curve, the pitcher’s ball appeared to be coming right at me. So, I stepped back from the plate, thinking I was about to get hit in the chest, when the ball curved down and away, catching the plate for a called third strike. I was embarrassed and in awe of the pitcher’s prowess.
Curly Ogden. In the annals of important World Series pitchers, Curly Ogden doesn’t usually figure real high on the list.
No wonder! In his five-season career in the Major Leagues, Ogden went 18–19. More to the point, his entire World Series career consisted of only two batters faced, one of whom he walked.
No one who knew him would have been surprised to learn that Hugh S. Fullerton was in the middle of the fracas that led to the formation of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America during the 1908 World Series. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the Chicago-based newspaper and magazine writer played a significant role in just about every major story involving the baseball media.
Rosalind Wyman, the woman instrumental in luring the Dodgers to Los Angeles, is at age 86 still a player, a veteran of every Democratic National Convention since 1952. Only one year after that convention, just out of USC, she ran as Rosalind Wiener for the Los Angeles City Council, walking and crisscrossing LA’s Fifth District and using her parents’ drugstore at Ninth and Western as her base.
The New York Giants’ 1951 season might be the most famous season any team has ever had. Their season includes probably the most famous comeback and probably the most famous home run. And their season got famous all over again a half-century later (more on that in a moment).
Of course, Manager Leo Durocher was right in the middle of everything.