I was delighted to receive a letter back from Jack Damaska. His month with the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals only hints at his many adventures during 17 years of pro baseball.
Fans would write in to get
free photos of their favorite
players. However, when a
player like Damaska returned
to the minors, the photos were
pulled. Therefore, his “postcard”
is rarer than stars like
Gibson or Brock.
I thought any Redbirds newcomer back then would know they had arrived when they were featured on a radio broadcast. Who talked with him?
“I was introduced to Harry Caray, but I was interviewed by Jack Buck on the radio. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited into the broadcasting booth to talk with my ex-teammate Tim McCarver. I talked with Joe Buck at Yankee Stadium.”
Thanks to author George Rose, who suggested that I contact Damaska (one of the great profiles in the One Hit Wonders book).
Coming Monday: Beating a Hall of Fame pitcher.