Steve Renko & Co.– Writing To Pitchers

Posted June 16th, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in Steve Renko
Sweet signature, but
a sweeter swing. He
had 114 career hits.
Take that, DH rule!

“Please, let me try pitching!”

For years, no Little League coach heard my plea. This left-hander never got the chance.

I looked at my baseball cards. I saw their squinting faces and confident smirks. I wanted to be THEM.

That’s what led me to choose the latest group I wrote to. Say their names, and I see their cards still dancing in my head. The rotation includes:

Dennis Bennett
Wally Bunker
Bud Byerly
Pat Combs
Danny Darwin
Eddie Fisher
Joe Gibbon
Steve Hargan
Steve Renko
Pat Zachry

Coming Friday: My review of the new book Ron Santo: A Perfect 10.

2 Responses to “Steve Renko & Co.– Writing To Pitchers”

  1. kregg says:

    I met Pat Zachry at a combination Reds/Mets fantasy camp (perfect for Zach, since he played for both teams) in Sarasota in 2000. Quite a character! He said one of his greatest thrills in baseball was starting a World Series game for the Reds as a 21-year-old rookie.

  2. Commishbob says:

    I’ll be interested in what Wally Bunker has to say. He was a favorite of mine. I bought a Rawlings Wally Bunker model glove in 1965 even though I wasn’t a pitcher. It was the biggest glove the sporting goods store carried as I recall. I still keep it in usable condition and I break it out from time to time to play catch with my sons when they come home from college.

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