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O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto


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#51 jon abbey


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:06 PM

I remember
His first day in the booth
After he retired.
God,
I'm so old.
He sucked at announcing,
But then he got better.


He probably got worse in the conventional sense, that call preserved above of Maris' 61st HR seems really good. He was endlessly entertaining, though, and I can't imagine these guys went through more than a fraction of his 40 years of broadcasts.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:53 AM

My copy of the new expanded edition just arrived, so I'll be sharing some more.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:55 AM

When Your Eyes Start Bouncing

That was a riot.
'Cause Velarde was gonna try and ca-
Watch this:

Now he runs by Velarde.
Velarde says:
"What's coming off here?"

And that's tough when
You're running hard
And your eyes start bouncing.

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May 17. 1992

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:57 AM

Clete Does Eat

When you're frustrated,
You eat a lot.

And when you're in love,
You eat a lot.

And when you're hungry,
You eat a lot.

So Boyer's doing all three.
That's a little inside joke.

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August 9, 1992

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:59 AM

Gone and Back

OH!
THAT'S GONE!
No.
It's not.

Close.
Off the wall.
Son of a gun.
I make a lot of mistakes like that.

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May 30, 1992

#56 Spacemans Bong


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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:01 AM

He probably got worse in the conventional sense, that call preserved above of Maris' 61st HR seems really good. He was endlessly entertaining, though, and I can't imagine these guys went through more than a fraction of his 40 years of broadcasts.

I've got a Red Sox-Yanks game from 1961 where he's trying to play it straight, and he's pretty good except for the occasional Holy Cow!

They probably don't have many games from the 1970s. I suspect that might have been the zenith where he was still a competent announcer on the fundamentals (and just a younger, more energetic man in general - he was 75 in 1992, and he didn't seem that spry for 75) but with the Scooter charm and humor. I think as he got older the Scooter took over full-time. Not that I would have complained, he was hysterically funny. I have a piece of a game where there's thunder storms and Scooter's all but running out of the booth with fear while Bill White's trying not to die of laughter.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:03 AM

Not that I would have complained, he was hysterically funny. I have a piece of a game where there's thunder storms and Scooter's all but running out of the booth with fear while Bill White's trying not to die of laughter.


Hehe, awesome. I started watching/listening around 1976 (when I was 9), and only really remember him as the unintentional comedic genius and unabashed homer.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:08 AM

Chaos


This is very interesting.
Forget the game.
Right here.
Here's a guy can't see.
All right,
Gene Larkin is the NO!
Gene Larkin?
What did he do?
Base on balls.

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June 22, 1991

#59 SoxLegacy

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:10 AM

These are hysterical! Thanks for sharing these. About the only thing that could top them is a pic of Lindsey Nelson's jackets or some Jerry Coleman quotes.....

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:11 AM

Phil invented the WW scorekeeping code. "Wasn't watching." I used it a few times scoring games myself. Serious scribes would look over at my book and chuckle. I bet John Sterling does it, too.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:12 AM

Pressure


Tremendous pressure
In this ball game.
You cannot let up a minute

Whether you're pitching.
Catching.
Playing the infield or outfield.

Or coaching.
Or managing.
Or broadcasting.

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October 2, 1978
AL East playoff
NY at Boston
Ron Guidry pitching to Jack Brohamer
Fifth inning, two out, one base runner
Red Sox lead 1-0

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:14 AM

It's Different in the Playoffs


Remember when we were kids?
And you threw a pitch you didn't like?
And you'd say, "Oops, slipped!"
And it wouldn't count?
Even if he hit a home run?

Can't work that here.

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October 14. 1976
KC at NY
AL playoff game
Third inning, Royals lead 3-2

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:18 AM

Dream Day


It turned out to be
One of the most beautiful days.
I had no idea
I was going to play golf today.
I didn't bring any shoes.
Or balls.
Or glove.
Or clothes.
But they...
They gave me a full complement.
And I was very embarrassed to take it.

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May 26, 1992

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:19 AM

There are a bunch of longer ones too, if I get enough encouragement, I'll type in some of those when I have a chance.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 02:51 PM

I had this book a long time ago. It seems to have disappeared. My favorite was my favorite moment in the history of announcing--the one about Texas being on the moon.

I loved Phil.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:22 PM

I had this book a long time ago. It seems to have disappeared. My favorite was my favorite moment in the history of announcing--the one about Texas being on the moon.


I just flipped through, I don't think that's actually in the book, although I saw a paraphrase on the web.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:24 PM

Mere Anarchy Is Loosed Upon The World


I tell ya.
Before long,
Football starts.
This weekend
In seriousness.
And pretty soon
It'll be hockey
And then basketball.
And then baseball
Will still
Be going on.
And it'll be
Very confusing.
Very confusing.

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August 31, 1991

#68 SoxLegacy

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:15 AM

You are now my second favorite Yankee fan. These are terrific--thanks for posting them!

Edited by SoxLegacy, 10 July 2012 - 08:15 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:20 AM

Caps, Bees, Jokes, Pags


Today is Cap Day.
Today is Cap Day.

We have talked about the bees
That we had showed on camera

Out in Cincinnati.
I was just joking.

But my jokes are pretty sick
I've been told by certain people.

He didn't get it.
And Pags, a high fly to center field.

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May 10, 1987

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:24 AM

To Murcer, an Explanation


I tried to ask Andy Stankiewicz.
He won't say anything though,
Why he's not playing a little more.
And I said, "Are you hurt?"
He said, "No. I'm not hurt."
"Feel great."

Of course,
He never does complain, Murcer.
But I figured I was talking to myself there
A little while,
And it was very uninteresting.
That's why I brought you in.

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Sept 1, 1992

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:51 PM

I've been meaning to bump this for a while, here's a good one:

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Toying With Seaver, Soaring With Utica

Utica, New York!
There's a cow up there.
That won its 300th game.
And stepped on my foot that day...
And he had a calf.
And they're both up there
On a farm in Utica.
And I went...

I tried to borrow a gun
To shoot the cow.
'Course it would happen to be a day
That some guy won his 300th game...

He'd never let me forget it.
They wanted,
The mayor wanted to have a parade.
With me and the two cows...

I said, "Forget it."

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April 27, 1992

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:50 PM

Since baseball season is over (right?), I thought I would type a few more of these in when I have time. I will try to keep out duplicates, but if people see any, let me know and I'll delete them. Enjoy!

 

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Sisyphus

 

HEYYYYYYY!

THAT TIES IT UP!
RIGHT THERE!

No.

It doesn't.

O, I'm telling ya.

Normally,

When he hits a ball like that,
It's way up in the bleachers.


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July 30, 1991
Oakland at New York

Andy Hawkins pitching to Don Mattingly
(Fly to right)
Fourth inning, one out, bases empty
A's lead 2-1

 



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:27 PM

Abandoned in a Storm

 

Whoa!

I wasn't even looking at the sky

And I saw that!
I'm sorry, man.

I cannot handle this.

Low, ball one.

 

Livingstone the batter.

He's flied to center

And doubled to left.

Where are you going?

Murcer!
Get ba-

 

Get back here!

One ball and no strikes.

Outside.

Two and nothing.

Two men out.

If this was a g--

 

Wait!

Wait!

Seaver!

Come back!

If this was a g--

And Moore!

Where?

Where is everybody?

Listen!
If this was a golf tournament,

Everybody'd leave.

But you got...

Come on!

O, got'm!

No!

Safe!

Come on!

You got me talking to myself.

 

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August 10, 1992

New York at Detroit

Jerry Nielsen pitching to Scott Livingstone

Fifth inning, two outs, one base runner

Tigers lead 5-3



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:33 AM

And On It Goes

 

To me,

Days are...

One is just like

 

Another.

 

I can't figure

What day it is

What month.

 

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August 9, 1992

Boston at New York

Joe Hesketh pitching to Charlie Hayes

First inning, two outs, bases empty

Yankees lead 3-0



#75 terrynever


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:42 PM

Sterling and Suzyn can be poetic, too. But I guess you won't be giving us any of their lyrics.

#76 uilnslcoap

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 03:33 PM

Had to stifle laughter in the office on several of these.  Never heard the man at any length, but wow, the comedy here is amazing!  Thanks, ja.






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