Hello, my name is Joseph Maloney, I want to first thank Steve Lombardi for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you from time to time on baseball and especially the Yankees.
Kicking off my career as an author with such a strange first title, you may wonder where I am taking you. The events that took place tonight in Detroit to near perfect gamer Armando Galarraga, took me back to another near perfect gamer, Milt Pappas, who like Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game by an umpire’s bad call. Bruce Froemming was the name of the guilty party behind the dish on that day in September 1972. Pappas, who pitched for the Cubs, retired the first 26 San Diego Padres before running the count 3-2 to Larry Stahl (a former New York Met). Froemming called the next pitch, ball 4. The Cub catcher of the day, Randy Hundley, always claimed that Froemming not only got ball four wrong, but ball two and three as well. Pappas stated at the time that all the pitches that were called balls were closer than Larson’s strike 3 (finally a Yankee reference) in 1956.
Again thanks for welcoming me to WasWatching.