FACTS ’N’ FOLKS
# On August 18, 1967 Tony Conigliaro was hit in the left eye by a Jack Hamilton fastball, and it derailed his career. The Red Sox lost the World Series that year in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Remember Bob Gibson?
# Mickey Mantle graduated from Commerce High School in Oklahoma and signed with the Yankees for an $1100 bonus, and in just two years advanced from the Yankees’ Class D minor league team to join the parent club at Yankee Stadium.
More Baseball Trivia
# On July 19, 1952 , Jimmy Piersall had a nervous breakdown and was placed in the violent section of a sanitarium.
# Carl Yastrzemski grew up on a huge potato farm in Bridgehampton, New York, then went to Notre Dame, and the Red Sox signed him after his freshman year in 1958 for $108,000.
# When Jackie Robinson played basketball for UCLA, he led the Pacific Coast Conference in scoring for two seasons, but was never named to the All-Conference Team.
# The biggest attendance ever at a Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony was in 2007 when Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn were inducted.
# After baseball, slugger Roger Maris owned a beer distributorship in Florida with his brother Rudy, he had six children, and he died at the age of 51
# Mickey Mantle once called Roger Maris the greatest all-around player he had ever seen.