Pitcher Bill Fischer Pardons Umpires

Posted April 7th, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in 1962 Kansas City Athletics, Bill Fischer, Christy Mathewson
Fischer Didn’t Sign My Note.
However, even at 80,
his handwriting matches!

In 1962, Kansas City Athletics pitcher Bill Fischer bested a Hall of Famer’s record.

Christy Mathewson posted a string of 68 consecutive innings without issuing a base on balls. Fischer smashed the mark, reeling off 84-1/3 innings devoid of walks.

I wanted to know how the umpires behaved as the streak grew. Were they more careful, or even tougher, in their calls?

“Umpires — they were the same.”

The famed reference book The Ballplayers begins by describing Fischer as “A former Marine drill instructor…”

I asked if this leadership skill helped him as a pitching coach for the Reds and later the Red Sox.

“One we were in the Marines. Lot different life coaching Baseball.”

Just like a Marine, the no-nonsense pitcher offered no personal reflection on his record.

“High point — we got the final out.”

Tomorrow: Sharing a laugh with former White Sox pitcher Ray Herbert.

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