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January 28, 2006


Don Z. Block

DiMaggio and Williams and Musial were contact hitters, those rare guys who could hit for power but rarely strike out. I don't understand why the "smart money" didn't go on them. Ashburn was a contact hitter, all right, but his batting averages were consistently lower than Williams', Musial's, and Joe D's. I do not understand. Or was the point of the bet to lose so that the winner would not have to collect from the big guy?

tony s

Not so much about conversation in the schoolyard...but about betting. My 1st exposure to gambling was in the small schoolyard when the largest kid at 217 offered us odds on any 3 major league baseball players of our own picking to get a combined 6 hits that particular day. Naturally a lot of our lunch money went on players like Williams, Musial, DiMaggio, Mays, Robinson, etc. The real smart money tho went on contact hitters like Schoendienst, Ashburn, Dark, Kell, Nellie Fox, et al. If by chance you happened to "hit", the real challenge was now collecting from the aforementioned "biggest kid at 217"...there was indeed some dialogue there! (LOL)

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