Billy Werber (above, left), who as a Cincinnati Red in 1939, became the first baseball player to bat on television, passed away today at the age of 100. Cincinnati Reds played the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in the first televised game, May 1, 1939.
Werber was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1961 and at the time of his death, he was the oldest living major league ballplayer and the last living teammate of Babe Ruth.
Nice little stock-pile of triva, huh? It goes on too. More on his wikipedia page.
There is a great quote from him on why he stopped watching baseball at the age of 98. Apparently, he was not a fan of some of the fashionable grooming choices of some modern ballplayers…
“I don’t like the appearance of a lot of the players. The hair’s too long. Their beards are too evident. They’re a grubby-looking bunch of caterwaulers.”
More on Billy Werber:
• Oldest big-leaguer Werber turns 100 (USA TODAY)
• Ex-Big Leaguer Werber Has Many Stories to Choose From (Washington Post)
• Career Stats
One of my favorite old lines from the days of the Riverfront Stadium scoreboard. It’s only second to the 8bit Mr. Red Race.
I’m glad “Walks Will Haunt” has made the transition over to GABP. It makes me feel like a kid again every-time I see it – and I got to see it Saturday night when the Nationals intentionally walked Griffey late in the game.
So, these folks have available a t-shirt with those immortal words emblazoned on the front. They also have some other ‘Nati themed shirts available. “Two Live Carew” – LOL!
Full disclosure – I have no clue who these folks are that are making the shirts. Just wanted to give them some props. Holla!
Local Reds fan Tom Winstel has had a baseball from the 1919 World Series passed down from him by Father and Grandfather. The ‘Black Sox’ scandal world series ball is the subject of this article on the Wall Street Journal Online. Though Winstel has no desire to sell the ball, it’s approximate value is in question due to lack of provence – or hard proof that it was actually used in play during the 1919 World Series. Experts deem the story likely given it’s markings, but no solid proof actually exists. Not long, but an interesting read from the collectors side of things.