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Bull Moose

In one of the more unlikely pairings in recent memory, a few weeks ago Moose Skowron appeared on the (brilliant) NPR program "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me." Moose spent much of the program correcting host Peter Segal about his playing record, but apparently his sense of the history isn't quite so perfect either, as Ron Kaplan points out in most amusing fashion

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In other news, Boston now has a left reliever whose first name is “Fabian” … A name with which José Melendez could have a field day.

Wait WQait don’t Tell Me is recorded in Chicago, and Moose Skowron lives out here in the western suburbs not far from me, in the St. Charles-Batavia-Geneva area. He’s latched onto his affiliation with the White Sox.

For the second year in a row, I found out too late that Wait Wait is recording at my school in February… alas.

sorry to thread jack but i kinda felt like something needed to be said about the passing of bill werber. he was the oldest living MLBer, former teammate of ruth, and played for both the yanks and the sox. here’s some cut and paste from SOSH…..
Bill Werber, the oldest living ex-major leaguer, died yesterday at age 100 at a nursing home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the last surviving teammate of Babe Ruth, and also played alongside Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin (pictured below, right). He was managed by the likes of Joe McCarthy, Connie Mack and Mel Ott, and was a fishing buddy of Ted Williams. As a student at Duke University, he was the school’s first-ever All-American in basketball. After playing just 3 games in 1933 with the Yankees, Werber was sold to the Red Sox and took over as Boston’s starting third baseman. The following season was the best of his career, as he hit .321 with a .397 OBP. At the time, his 129 runs scored that year ranked second on the all-time Red Sox single-season list behind Tris Speaker’s 136 in 1912. Werber and Speaker remain the only Sox players to ever tally 200 hits and 40 stolen bases in a season. At the end of the 1936 campaign he was traded to Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics straight-up for 2-time all-star 3B Mike “Pinky” Higgins. Two seasons later he was on the move again, as he was sold to the Reds during spring training in 1939 and became their potent lead-off hitter. After helping Cincinnati to the NL pennant that year, he hit a team-high .370 (10-for-27) to lead them to the 1940 World Series championship over the Tigers.

one last interesting note on werber is that he was the first player in history to bat on television. he was the leadoff hitter for the Reds in 1939 when the Cincinnati at Brooklyn game was broadcast at the New York World’s Fair.

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