|Yea for the website
for preserving some
of rookie Mike!
You know what life is like for the typical 18-year-old boy.
Driving a car. Graduating. Debuting on national television in Fenway Park.
Well, Mike Hedlund was never typical.
I wrote to ask about being a member of the Cleveland Indians right out of high school. Here’s his amazing answer:
“Being the youngest at age 18 was quite an experience! Max Alvis and Gary Bell are both from Texas and probably made me feel more welcome than the others. I guess it was the ‘Texas’ connection. Gary gave me my nickname, ‘Booger Red.’ Booger Red was a famous rodeo rider from Texas and had red hair.
Some pitchers like Don McMahon and Stan Williams were more of the senior type to me with lots of big league experience.
I didn’t play much that year (being a ‘protected player’ from waivers) but will always remember my first game in Boston, Saturday Game of the Week and my first batter I faced…Carl Yastrzemski. Ground out to first and I cover for the putout!”