Thursday, January 10, 2013
Last Saturday, Carol and I had a chance to give a complimentary copy of our Ebbets Field book to 1960 National League MVP Dick Groat. The venue was the Rutgers Athletic Center prior to the Rutgers-Pitt basketball game. This was due to the fact that Mr. Groat is the color commentator for Pitt basketball, a position he told us he has held for 34 years. In addition to being a standout baseball player, Mr. Groat was a star basketball player at Duke and is, in fact, the only the man in both the college baseball and college basketball Halls of Fame.
I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Groat for some time about his memories of Ebbets Field which are included in our book. I always admired him as a player and he was a real gentleman both during our interview and in person. He also has a connection to Rutgers basketball as his son-in-law Lou Goetz played basketball at Rutgers on the same teams that I served as a student manager. It was a pleasure to meet him and give him the book in person.