Playtime! Bunting with the Scooter

Baseball45

Rummaging around some old things yesterday in the family archive, I
came across this old gem from my youth, an instructional record on
bunting by Phil Rizzuto. I thought it had been forever lost. I can't
wait to listen to it, as soon as I can hook up the old record player.
(And I'll try to get an MP3 together here shortly.) As I wrote
after the Scooter passed away last year, this was one of my favorite
records as a child. I listened to it over and over again, laying down
the drags and sacs in my parents' living room, dodging the coffee table
(home) on my way to the ottoman (first base). There was something
intrinsically optimistic about its message of easy self-improvement, and the bright red disc with its funky typography,
beanie-style cap, and hip shades reinforced that positive feeling. That, of course, was Rizzuto in a nutshell: a plucky little guy, impossible
not to love.

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5 comments… add one

  • That’s a very cute image of you running around your living room trying to follow the Scooter’s instructions. I wonder if kids these days use similar instructional tools, albeit within an entirely different medium. I don’t want to oversentimentalize human nature but I do think there is a native curiousity and eagerness in every child to learn. Are there 2008 little YFs who go on youtube and mimic the bunt of Brett Gardner. Is Brett Gardner even on youtube?

    Nick-YF November 8, 2008, 3:53 pm
  • You can get a USB turntable for converting LPs for $99 at thinkgeek.
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/digital-conversion/90a0/
    My parents have a bunch of old LPs, was thinking of grabbing this and converting them for them for christmas now that they have joined the ipod herd.

    Dan November 9, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • Thanks for the tip, Dan.

    YF November 10, 2008, 10:23 am
  • if you already have a turntable and a line-in jack to your laptop/computer, you can rip vinyl to mp3s for free (ok, for the price of an RCA>headphone converter cable) with some free audio recording software. I’ve been ripping some old vinyl on my mac laptop using the free Audio Recorder software, going from the audio out on my receiver to the line in on my laptop.
    Looks like the Audacity software is free and open source, as well. I’m gonna go check that out now.

    josh_o November 11, 2008, 3:19 am
  • Having played around with it a little bit, Audacity appears to be worth at least 1000 times the cost. (har, har) I should have been using it all along.
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    josh_o November 11, 2008, 4:41 am

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