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Another day (July ’63) and a Great Roberto Clemente Play

June 15, 2020

It is Saturday night July 6th, twenty weeks “before,” and the Pittsburgh Pirates are visiting the second year, New York Mets, at the Polo Grounds. It is that historic venue’s last season.

Bob Murphy is behind the microphone telling Ralph Kiner that Mets’ 6th place hitter, Frank Thomas (an impressive 34 home runs the year before), was hit by his dinner bell, causing minor injury.

He finishes the story just as Thomas, with one out and Jesse Gonder on first (a walk in his first Mets’ at bat), hits a drive toward the right field line.

The great Pittsburgh right fielder, Roberto Clemente is after it and makes a great diving catch, his second great play in as many days, vs the Mets.

Murphy, a superb broadcaster, made a great call of the play.

That was a day! Those were the days!

 

It is “ringing,” but not for dinner.

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