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  • #16
    oil can oyler

    Originally posted by Ressurection of Ray Oyler
    Yes, yes. Dick Mcauliffe (doubt I spelled it right) said he was the best defensive shortstop he ever played with. He had to be considering he had one of the most anemic bats ever seen in the majors. I remember well when he died and cut his obit out of the paper and probably still have it somewhere. You're a good man Tailwind!! Thanks!

    remember his nickname..'oil can' as he always looked like his was doing
    grungy oil changes..no doubt, a wizard with the glove..with the bat,
    mister zero..even to reach .200, was an major effort..I think one season
    he batted under .150...god, was he horrible..with the stick..only Eddie
    Brinkman, even came close to being so crappy with the lumber, and
    even Brinkman, learn to hit..batting over .260 plus..a few times in
    his career..and like Oyler, Brinkman could filed and eat up ground balls
    like nobody's biz.....

    Oyler after leaving Detroit, was a cult fave in Seattle...after he retired,
    I believe he like Seattle soo much, ended up living there and working inna
    warehouse..until he died in the early 1980's...

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    • #17
      Thanks for that interesting bit of info El Camino. Bouton may be the most sentimental person about the Pilots out there.

      Oil Can. Such a fitting name for a guy who looked like he'd be right at home working at Grease Monkey rather than playing major league ball. He worked at Boeing for awhile I believe.

      They had a lot of characters on the team. Let's not forget the ever affable Freddy Talbot, king of the rednecks. I wonder if he's ever forgiven Bouton for making such a buffoon out of him in Ball Four?

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      • #18
        I heard when fred talbot is contacted and asked about ball four he says how Bouton broke the rules of the club house and angrily refuses any further comment
        Born True Blue

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        • #19
          Rest of the Pilots

          Originally posted by Ressurection of Ray Oyler
          Thanks for that interesting bit of info El Camino. Bouton may be the most sentimental person about the Pilots out there.

          Oil Can. Such a fitting name for a guy who looked like he'd be right at home working at Grease Monkey rather than playing major league ball. He worked at Boeing for awhile I believe.

          They had a lot of characters on the team. Let's not forget the ever affable Freddy Talbot, king of the rednecks. I wonder if he's ever forgiven Bouton for making such a buffoon out of him in Ball Four?
          and don't forget Don Mincher, and the team's resident hipster and hippie,
          Steve Holvey ..aka tennis ball..a great flake..and ended up doing a tour
          with the brewers..as they were mutanting from the pilots..

          good to see there's still great interest in the Pilots threads..over 155 posts!
          and some darn gooooooood ones,at that ! and in the words of Joe Schutz
          the first mgr...'pound that Budweiser'

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          • #20
            I think someone (me) mentioned Hovley in post 15
            Born True Blue

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            • #21
              The last I heard about Hovely he was a carpenter in California and I think he said he's still in touch with Bouton. Mincher's a big man in Huntsville, Alabama where he had a real successful sporting goods store and was also the interim president of the Southern Association. I think that they named a street after him too. Mincher was always one of my favorite players when I was a kid.
              Joe Schultz was the king of bad grammar and probably not the best manager the game has ever seen but dammit the Pilots were his destiny. His key to immortality. I think Joe's life centered around baseball, budweiser beer and two words, shi*f*ck and f*cksh*t (in no particular order I think). He was a good man though.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Ressurection of Ray Oyler
                Mincher's a big man in Huntsville, Alabama where he had a real successful sporting goods store and was also the interim president of the Southern Association. I think that they named a street after him too. Mincher was always one of my favorite players when I was a kid.
                Don Mincher was one of my favorites as well, having played for both the original and expansion Senators.

                Actually, Don Mincher has been the president of the Southern League for 5 years now. Check this link:

                http://www.southernleague.com/league.../mincher.shtml

                Don looks a little different than I remember from his playing days.
                "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

                "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.

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                • #23
                  Hovley was a janitor at his daughters school for a while, then became a plumber, as of the 1990's. Hes a real smart guy, Im pretty sure he went to stanford or something.
                  Born True Blue

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by ElCaminoSS
                    I heard when fred talbot is contacted and asked about ball four he says how Bouton broke the rules of the club house and angrily refuses any further comment
                    Ball Four was and is such a great baseball book. The Talbot stories are some of the funniest in the book. One thing that Bouton forgot to do though was incriminate himself with a lot of the locker room and extra curricular activities. He broke the rules but nobody was really hurt that badly. I suppose if anyone has a right to not forgive Bouton it was Talbot but wow its been 36 years now. By todays standards the book is pretty tame. It was great locker room humor.

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                    • #25
                      Sicks Stadium postcard

                      Here is a postcard of sicks stadium put out by tinker
                      Attached Files
                      LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                      • #26
                        1969 sicks stadium program

                        Here is a program from 1969 sicks stadium seattle pilots
                        Attached Files
                        LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                        • #27
                          My father used to tell me about going to games at Sicks Stadium in the forties and fifties. About sitting in the stands on a hot summer's day with Mt. Rainier looking like a giant ice cream cone. How when walking up to the stadium you could hear the radio broadcasts and the voice of Leo Lassen coming from the porches of the homes on Rainier avenue. Sent me to bed with stories of "Kewpie" Dick Barrett. Sure wish my dad was still around I'd love to hear those stories just one more time.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by skeletor
                            and don't forget Don Mincher, and the team's resident hipster and hippie,
                            Steve Holvey ..aka tennis ball..a great flake..and ended up doing a tour
                            with the brewers..as they were mutanting from the pilots..

                            good to see there's still great interest in the Pilots threads..over 155 posts!
                            and some darn gooooooood ones,at that ! and in the words of Joe Schutz
                            the first mgr...'pound that Budweiser'
                            When I saw the baseball fever page had a section on the Pilots I had to sign up. I'm a Pilots fanatic! Never could get over them leaving. When I was in high school I started a garage band with some of my friends the name of our group was "The Dead Seattle Pilots". We had some great songs like "Hey Ray Oyler yer Bat's Too Small" and then there was an ode to Joe Schultz and another favorite American pasttime called "Pound that Bud or Bud that Pound" and how could I forget the fabulous "I went to see a ballgame at Sicks Stadium but all I got was a bad case of Diego Segui." We had a lot of fun did "The Dead Seattle Pilots." Unfortunately the other three "Dead Seattle Pilots" did just that all dying before they were 40.

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                            • #29
                              Welcome to the forum

                              Originally posted by Goosenoggle Slipgear
                              When I saw the baseball fever page had a section on the Pilots I had to sign up. I'm a Pilots fanatic! Never could get over them leaving. When I was in high school I started a garage band with some of my friends the name of our group was "The Dead Seattle Pilots". We had some great songs like "Hey Ray Oyler yer Bat's Too Small" and then there was an ode to Joe Schultz and another favorite American pasttime called "Pound that Bud or Bud that Pound" and how could I forget the fabulous "I went to see a ballgame at Sicks Stadium but all I got was a bad case of Diego Segui." We had a lot of fun did "The Dead Seattle Pilots." Unfortunately the other three "Dead Seattle Pilots" did just that all dying before they were 40.
                              Just wanted to say hello and welcome to baseball fever and the seattle pilots forum. i am sure that you will enjoy yourself here.
                              LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by POLO GROUNDS 1957
                                Just wanted to say hello and welcome to baseball fever and the seattle pilots forum. i am sure that you will enjoy yourself here.

                                Thanks much Polo Grounds 1957!

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