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February 17, 2023


McCarver taught me a lot about baseball when I knew very little. Thanks David.

I love Tim McCarver and I love this piece. Great report from a lunch to die for. When he died last week I looked up his Baseball Ref entry. Great catcher, good hitter, best announcer ever. (In the midwest I didn't get a lot of Vin Scully.) Most eye-popping stat: McCarver once led the league with 13 triples!!! THIRTEEN! He had more triples than homers that year. Triples are usually associated with speed, of which McCarver had little. He must've mashed that year.

Best color announcer of all time! That sounds like one helluva lunch!

I remember him a little as a ball player but more as a broadcaster (Mets fan here). He was an amazing analyst, thoughtful, opinionated, passionate. And literary. On air, he compared the Mets-Astros 1986 Game 5, 12 inning playoff game, one that lasted 3:45, to Beowulf for its epic qualities (the Mets won 2-1 on a Gary Carter single up the middle). Timmy’s memory a blessing. Thanks David.

Just read this piece to my dad. When I got to the part about the best pitcher he’d ever faced, I paused before saying his name, gestured to my dad, and he supplied the name, “Sandy Koufax.” I’m a huge McCarver fan. I think I have BASEBALL FOR BRAIN SURGEONS somewhere, and Tim appears (as announcer) in a World Series poem of mine.

Thanks to all for your comments, much appreciated.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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