• Star Hugs The Whitey Lama

    Posted by on August 24th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    From Dailyindia.com

    Actor Richard Gere’s burst into tears when he met his childhood hero, baseball star Whitey Ford, recently.

    The ‘Pretty Woman’ star met Ford at a recent induction ceremony at the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

    Gere asked for a hug from the Ford, when he came across the 78-year-old sports ace.

    It was actually Gere’s seven-year-old son who pointed out that Ford was present at the event.

    “I came in the hotel and my son says, ‘That’s Whitey Ford over there.’ And I went, ‘Oh my God.’ That was my team as a kid, that era of the (New York) Yankees, from ’57 to ’61’,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

    “I walked over to Whitey, like, in a cloud, I started stammering, then I started crying. I was tearing up and I didn’t know what to say. I said, ‘Is it Whitey Ford?’ and he said, ‘Yeah?’ And I said, ‘Can I give you a hug?’ So we stood there for five minutes hugging, with tears streaming down my face,” he added.

    I wonder if Gere would have been just as thrilled to finally meet Eli Grba?

    Comments on Star Hugs The Whitey Lama

    1. Pete
      August 24th, 2007 | 1:25 pm

      “That was my team as a kid”…

      I see he’s kept up with it all quite nicely if his *7 year old son* had to point out Whitey-Effin-Ford to him…


    2. August 24th, 2007 | 7:47 pm

      I would have had the same reaction. We moved away from the NYC area back in 1986. I am about the same age as Gere, only better looking. We went back to the Hall of Fame in 2005, and I walked in the door and broke down and cried. My very supportive wife knew it would happen. The trip was an anniversary present. It took hours for me to read each and every plaque and think about how important these people were to the game. It gets that way as you get older and your own mortality is not a joke, or even a deep philosophical thought. It becomes a reality that is deeper than anything else and you begin to need connections. The Hall, a real player like Whitey Ford, they all do those things to you. I’m sympathetic. I would probably respond the same way. Whitey, Yogi, Donnie M, Joe Torre, hell, Horace Clark. Bobby Murcer’s illness was like someone in my family. I’ll stop now.

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