Hall of Fame Manager Dick Williams Shared A Laugh And Autograph With Me!

Posted October 31st, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Dick Williams, Hunter Pence, Joe Buck, Johnny Bench, Rollie Fingers, Tim Lincecum, World Series
BOO! Scary airbrushing!
The facsimile autograph
looks haunted:

Happy Halloween!

Today is about how much you get, right? Or, how much you give? As in, so many kids trick-or-treated here, there’s no candy left for me!

Here’s another take on giving and getting.

I’ll never forget sitting on the couch with my dad, watching the Oakland-Cincinnati World Series. He fell off the couch laughing his a– off (yes, it’s hard to sit without one of those!) when Johnny Bench fell for the fake intentional walk.

I wrote to Dick Williams long before he was a Hall of Famer, long before he charged for autographs. I never asked for an autograph. I just wanted him to have another perspective on the classic moment.

I related my dad’s comments. I thanked him for making my dad laugh.

Dick sent back an Expos postcard of himself, thanking ME for a great story. He added a note that Rollie Fingers later told him he hadn’t seen that play work since Little League!

As I watched this World Series with my wife, she saw a close-up of Tim Lincecum.

“He looks like a sad Pee-wee Herman before he pitches.”

As oh-so-dramatic Joe Buck recounted upcoming Giants batters, my wife asked for a clarification.

“His name is Hunter Pence? I thought Joe Buck called him UNDERPANTS.”

Future letters? Hmmm…

All I know is that humor can make a difference!

One Response to “Hall of Fame Manager Dick Williams Shared A Laugh And Autograph With Me!”

  1. kregg says:

    That cap looks radioactive! About the fake intentional walk, I don’t think Bench was fooled at all. Afterall, he was a catcher. I just think he thought the pitch was outside, so he didn’t swing.

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