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.

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