Safe by a Mile by Charlie Metro

By Charlie Metro

Charlie Metro's profession runs the gamut of the specialties present in baseball-player, trainer, supervisor, scout, inventor. Metro has lived baseball at each point from the nice melancholy to cutting-edge multimillion greenback contracts. one-of-a-kind, Metro's existence mirrors the incredible adjustments within the video game in addition to within the state. Metro's story is filled with middle and a wealth of anecdotes, the results of a desirable existence and a real love of the game.Charlie Metro was once born Charles Moreskonich in Nanty-Glo, Pennsylvania, in 1919. He performed within the significant leagues from 1943 to 1945 with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics. He controlled for components of 2 seasons, with the 1962 Cubs and the 1970 Kansas urban Royals. He additionally coached the 1965 Chicago White Sox and the 1982 Oakland Athletics. even though he had a long way longer provider within the minor leagues, he'll most likely be top remembered as one of many nice scouts and lecturers in baseball background.

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My father was crazy about him too. He would pick out a favorite and, boy, you couldn’t shake him from his choices. Johnny Lucadello was also there, and I thought he was about as good a ballplayer as I’d ever seen. I saw Hank Greenberg’s brother, Joe, play there too. And I saw Hugh Alexander and Frank Scalzi, names I remember from different clubs. My father loved Hugh. He was a right-handed hitter. I believe he led the league in just about everything that year. A year later, I read in The Sporting News that he had lost his hand in a tractor accident in Oklahoma, and when I told my father, he broke down and cried about that.

I said, “Yes, sir,” and I handed it to him. ” I said that was right, and he asked why I didn’t. ” There was some silence. ” “I want to buy my mother a washing machine. If I buy my mother a washing machine, then I can go play baseball,” I told him. I came from a large family, nine kids, and I had watched my mother wash our clothes by hand all those years. He said, “Well, all right,” and called the business manager over. ” So he wrote out a check to Charlie Metro, using my father’s first name as my last name.

A pitcher from up in Pennsylvania, who’d been around a little while, took me out, and we had soft-shell crabs. I didn’t know how to the big leagues were a long way off 25 eat them. It was quite an experience for me. Seafood was a rarity in the mountains of Pennsylvania. In the other bed in this big room where we were staying was a guy by the name of Mickey Vernon. Boy, he was my idol. He was from Marcus Hooks, Pennsylvania. He was a left-handed hitter. He was long, tall, and lanky. I had never seen a fielder like he was, so graceful.

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