The Larry Richert KDKA program I was supposed to be on a few weeks back is now saying, barring something unforeseen, that I will be his guest this coming Sunday, the 26th, at 2:30 to discuss 1960: When the Pittsburgh Pirates Had Them All the Way and Wits, Flakes, and Clowns on baseball’s funniest, most colorful characters. If you live outside the area KDKA (1020 AM) reaches, you can listen in live by using the app or the website for Radio.com (so I’m told). I think if you type in KDKA radio on a search engine one option you’ll see is “Listen Live” for Radio.com Thanks!
Here are two quick funny sample story from the Wits book:
Kirby Higbe, a player from a long time ago, had a strong fear of flying. On one flight, Brooklyn teammate Pee Wee Reese tried to console him, saying there was no need to fret because when a person’s number is up, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the air or on the ground. Higbe refused to be placated. “Suppose I’m up here with a pilot and my number isn’t up, but his is.”
This one is an oldie, but just in case you never heard it, here goes–
Hack Wilson was a notorious big drinker (and a big slugger–his record 191 RBI in a season still stands Chicago Cubs manager). Wilson once said, “I’ve never played drunk. Hung over, yes, but never drunk.” And Al Drooz wrote, “Hack Wilson batted right-handed and threw right-handed, but he drank equally well from either side.”
Wilson’s manager, Joe McCarthy, was trying to preach to him the folly of drinking whiskey. In order to demonstrate the point that whiskey would damage both Wilson and his career, McCarthy dropped a worm into a glass of water. He then extracted the not too happy, but still alive worm and then dropped it into a glass of whiskey. The worm soon died. McCarthy broke into a smug little smile, and asked Wilson if he had learned something from this experiment. Wilson replied, yes, “It means that if I keep on drinking liquor, I ain’t going to have no worms.”