A true story about Bo......

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A true story about Bo...... Monday, May 07, 2012 6:11 PM (permalink)
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I was in Bo's office around the last year of his coaching actually exploring working for the AD.  The conversation turned to baseball and he proceeded to tell me that his high school catcher in Barberton, OH was Hal Naragon who was the back-up catcher on the 1954 Indians.  He said Naragon invited him into the Indians' clubhouse.  He told me and he's meting his words powerfully and slowly, “I met Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, (he is now getting quite emotional and his face was turning red) Mike Garcia, Art Houtteman, Hal Newhouser, (now he's standing over his desk and his face is beet red), Don Mossi and Ray Narleski (He is now directly in my face and pointing his finger in my face) and he finished up screaming, "Best goddamn pitching staff in the HISTORY of baseball and DON”T YOU EVER FORGET IT!!!   I meekly said that I wouldn't.  Wow!   What an experience I wouldn't trade for anything!  I feel very fortunate to have known him!

 

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Re:A true story about Bo...... Tuesday, May 08, 2012 9:41 AM (permalink)
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Great story winged!  Was Bo a Tribe fan before he went to work for the Tiggers?

 

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Re:A true story about Bo...... Tuesday, May 08, 2012 11:23 AM (permalink)
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Yes, he was a Tribe fan.  Remember, when he was a teenager, the Indians had the great 1948 season which is the last time they won the World Series and very good teams in the early '50s.
 
He was a star pitcher/ 1st baseman for Barberton HS and played 1st base against Warren Harding and one of my very best friends in the 1947 state district finals.  A funny side bar was he went 0-5 and popped out in a crucial rally and was the only Barberton player to go hitless.  In the box score in the newspaper, he was listed as "Shemb."  My friend sent him the clipping years later and kidded him about going hitless and being called Shemb.  He wrote back that, "All you SOBs from Warren are all the same!"
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