Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Sunday funnies

June 17, 1962: "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry, first baseman and symbol of the hapless '62 Mets, hit a drive into the gap one day and trundled to third base, where he perched beaming from his apparent triple.

The unfazed opposition promptly ran the appeal play, and Throneberry was ruled out for missing first base.

Mets manager Casey Stengel trundled out to argue the call, and Cookie Lavagetto, his first base coach (and incidentally, the first manager of the Minnesota Twins), intercepted him.

"Don't bother, Casey. He missed second base too," the coach said.

Stengel glared at Lavagetto. "Well, I know he touched third base, 'cause he's standing on it!" Casey barked before retreating to the dugout.

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