|Taken in a place warmer,
less windy than Candlestick!
You know you’re getting a special letter when the former player apologizes:
“Sorry about my writing. I had my left hand smashed. Finger still sore.
Despite the pain, the autograph has the same sparkle as it did during his career.
I asked about Candlestick Park. Hill replied:
“The ballpark was cold and windy, but gave me six years in big leagues. Pop Ups [his emphasis!] could start off behind the plate and end up down 1st base or 3rd base line. It was tough.”
Did he have a best home run memory? Hill chose three:
“The first homer was the best. [Against Carl Morton, April 12, 1975.] Got it behind me.
Then, when we played the Cardinals, my former team, hit homer off John Denny.
And home run off Tom Seaver.”
Best wishes to Marc Hill and all his fingers.
Tomorrow: how much did a no-hitter pay in 1974? Learn from Dick Bosman.