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Oh Could Rico Carty Hit!

August 14, 2022

Tonight as is almost always the case the Sunday night game, inaugurated by ESPN in 1990 matches the Yankees and Red Sox.

I choose to recall a Sunday night game when they were so rare and the great hitter Rico Carty.

Rico Carty was one of the greatest hitters I ever saw play.

If there was a hitter’s Hall of Fame, Rico Carty would be a serious candidate.

Once in a July 4th, Sunday night game, in 1976, I believe 14 years before regularly scheduled such games, Carty homered to get the Indians within a run of the Yankees, who held on to win the game and eventually the American League Pennant.

Yankees’ broadcaster praised Carty after the home run. “Oh can he hit!” Mr. Rizzuto remarked.

That was high praise from a baseball great. It also was well deserved as Rico Carty could really hit.

Rico Carty, pictured above.

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