My all time favorite Kiner's Korner broadcast occured in the early 1960's and was witnessed by one of the baseball players I've talked with in my Steve Dalkowski book project. According to this former player (who would later play with the Mets, but he was with the Yankees at the time of the broadcast), he was flipping channels and Kiner's Korner had just started. The Mets played the Reds that day and Kiner's guest was Frank Robinson.
About seven years earlier, Robby had sat open-mouthed in amazement as Steve Dalkowski had blown away Don Hoak, Dee Fondy, and Alex Grammas on 12 pitches during an exhibition game between Cincinnati and the Baltimore Orioles. Kiner was asking Robinson about pitchers. He'd said something to the effect of Sandy Koufax having the best curve he'd ever seen.
Ralph then asked Frank who had the best fastball. He'd said it was Koufax once more, but added that Koufax wasn't the fastest. When Kiner asked him who was, he responded, without missing a beat, "Steve Dalkowski." Kiner nodded, stared for a second, and then uttered forth the inevitable "Who?"
"They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
-Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.