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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 11,2013 ]= Gates Brown Gates Brown Great Pinch Hitter Gates Brown was a prolific pinch-hitter and one of the best in baseball history. He helped the Tigers win the pennant that year and go on to beat the Cardinals in the World Series. He recently passed away at 74 years of age. His first Major League hit was a pinch-hit home run. That was on June 19, 1963 when he was a 24-year-old rookie. He went on to play 13 sea- sons for the Tigers. He was never really an everyday player. His greatness came for what he did when called upon, cold, from the dugout late in the game. His best year was 1968 when he hit .450 as a pinch-hitter. Over that season, he had 92 at-bats in 67 games, hitting .370 overall. Brown still holds the record for most pinch-hits with 212 in 804 at bats. Over the course of his career, he had a .257 career batting average with 84 homers and 322 RBIs. He was known for liking hot dogs with every- thing on them. Once while eating a dog, he was called to pinch hit, he put the second hot dog into the pocket of his uniform. He hits a double, slides into second head first and smashes the hot dog in his pocket. As he gets up, the ketchup is all over his leg. Tony Perez EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani The umpire tells him, he's bleeding and he says no it is j ust ketchup ....................................................... Who could make that up? So Yesterday Recently I saw a kid in Downtown Crossing walking around wearing a Johnny Damon #18 t-shirt. I had almost all but forgotten Damon. He was a pretty good outfield and hitter. Never great but good. Decent num- bers but not Hall of Fame material. Didn't like it when he cut his hair and joined up with the Yankees in the Evil Empire. Good luck to him. I think he also landed with the Indians and then like General Douglas MacArthur once said of old generals, Damon just faded away. Look at Bartolo Colon's Numbers this Year This past season the Oak- land Athletic gave Bartolo Colon a secotd chance. His career numbers were jaded Hank Aaron after we found out he was a juice user according to numerous press reports be- fore the 2013 season began. This year he showed up at camp fit and ready for duty. He began a consistent qual- ity starter going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA. The guy is either close to 40 years old or pretty close to those many birthday candles and he is pitching so great. We had him with the Red Sox a few years back and for us he pitched like some elderly patient at some nursing home. I find it hard to comprehend the fountain of youth he must have discovered. Maybe his 2013 numbers aye legit. ,Who really ' knows novad/ys: huh? , S E R I E S.I american league vs; national league IL/AI IQ.   .Ut4. t,*a 'J : |na,ub=l Jackie Robinson Game 6, 1975 World Series ticket between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Ticket price $15. Brooks Robinson I NO GOALTENDING AL- LOWED -- It happens fairly often in basketball. Someone takes a shot and as the ball is in its downward flight near the rim, a defender flicks it away. But those points will count because the defender was called for goaltending. The man responsible for that rule being installed in college basketball way back in 1944 died a couple of weeks ago in Florida at age 88, with few in the hoop game connecting his name to the call that referees will make a few times in the course of a typical week. He was Bob Kurland, per- haps better known as one of basketball's first dunk shot artists. He also was a worthy opponent of George Mikan, another big man in the days when college basketball was taking the first steps toward emerging into the game it is today. It was the middle of the 1940's, a time when Amer- ica's attention was diverted to events overseas. Playing for legendary coach Frank Iba, Kurland led Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) to the national NCAA cham- pionship in both 1945 and 1946, earning tournament MVP honors in both years. Standing at an imposing his contemporffries on'the court, earning All-America honors three years in a row. He was an excellent defender, especially around the basket. Hence the imple- mentation of the goaltending rule. It was also a time when pro basketball was in its infancy. There weren't the big checks of today. A number of teams were here one year and gone the next. Thus it was that Bob Kurland never turned pro, choosing instead to become an oil company executive. But that choice did have a silver lining. It preserved his amateur status. And in an era when the Olympics were open only to amateurs, it kept him eli- gible for the U.S. Olympic Team. Bob Kurland took full advantage, leading the USA to gold medals in both 1948 and 1952. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961. And so, as you watch basketball this winter and you witness the occasional goaltending call, you might think of Bob Kurland, George Mikan and others from the earlier days of basketball -- reminding yourself of a long ago era that started hoops on the path toward the great modem game that it is today. A CHANGE IN PHILADEL- PHIA- It's early in the full 82-game season for fran- chises around the National Hockey League. But already, a coach wlio :started the season is gone. Fie*didfi't last a week. He would be Peter Lavio- (Continued on Page 15) NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Wishes You a Happy Columbus Day Dom Campochiaro, President Serving the Community for Over 50 Years/ Home "Our Family Serving Your Family With Professionalisr00 Digni00 & Respect " Complete Starting at $3900. does not U00Uude advances) Ample Off Street Parking Complimentaw Valet Parking * Nonsectarian & Guests for Visiting Hours Si Parla Italiano 971 Saratoga.. Orient He/hts, East Boston $it  ilf Olll" : . COil]