A series of funny anecdotes about how the anniversary of the moon landing intersected with baseball. I’m a little dubious of the Gaylord Perry story — the home run was legit, but I’m guessing Alvin Dark’s comments wouldn’t stand up to scrutiny. This one was pretty good though:
It was 10:56 p.m. when Armstrong walked on the moon. Most games were over. But on the East Coast, the Mets watched it together as a team.
Their charter flight had broken down at the Montreal airport. While they waited for repairs, players watched on TV at a bar as Armstrong made his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” recalled retired outfielder Ron Swoboda.
“The irony was not lost on us,” Swoboda said with a laugh. “We’re stuck in Montreal because of engine problems but they could put a man on the moon.”
Funny, eh? Not the irony, I mean, but the fact that Swoboda is one of those sheeple who thinks we actually sent human beings to the moon.