Sounds like he had ten times more fun than most people – but, 65 is too young to go. This is sad.
Here’s the meat of his story:
Emanuel Gluck, a retired middle-school principal who had a rich alternate life as Yankee Stadium’s longest-working vendor, signified by his No. 1 badge, died of a heart attack last Thursday at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital in Manhattan. He was 65.
Gluck, 6 feet 6 inches tall, was the guy with the booming bass voice at Gate 4. He was there for every opening day for 50 years, saw every perfect game pitched at Yankee Stadium and was on hand for 19 World Series, 10 of which the Yankees won.
Gluck was born March 4, 1940, in the Bronx, and grew up about a block from Yankee Stadium. When he was 14, he went to work for the Harry M. Stevens Co., which handled Yankee concessions from the stadium’s opening in 1923.
He stayed after the concession passed in 1963 to the Automatic Canteen Co. of America, and then through various name and ownership changes. The company now managing Yankee concessions is called Centerplay. An employee of Centerplay confirmed Tuesday that Gluck had hawked one thing or another in Yankee Stadium since 1964, which is as far back as records go.
The young Gluck began by selling popcorn, peanuts and hot dogs in the upper decks, worked his way up to soda and beer, and graduated to programs and souvenirs, the prestige assignment. For 20 years, until about seven years ago, he manned the souvenir stand at Gate C at Shea Stadium as well.
One of the best things about being the senior man at these souvenir posts was that he could often leave after two innings and watch the game.
Gluck also worked when New York professional football teams played at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and Shea.
Somebody should have gotten him to write a book. I would have read it.