Lefty Gomez, Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher, was a treasure

I recently read Jane Leavy's excellent book, Big Fella, about Babe Ruth.  In it, she manages to uncover interesting nuggets about Ruth - especially in his youth - all sandwiched around a nationwide barnstorming trip Ruth and Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig took, following the New York Yankees historic 1927 season.

In the book, Leavy mentioned Lefty Gomez, who pitched for the Yankees and Washington Senators and made it into the baseball Hall of Fame.  It got me to thinking about the time I interviewed Gomez, before the 1983 Carolina League All-Star game - which I broadcast - in Hagerstown, MD.

Gomez was affable and shared some interesting insights in the interview including:

  • His thoughts on Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak
  • What it was like playing on those great Yankees teams, including what Ruth told him
  • The salaries players were earning in 1983 compared to his era
  • and his current regimen to maintain his health
Gomez died nearly 30 years ago in February of 1989.  His interview is one I will always treasure.  I transferred it from a cassette tape and digitized it.  You may hear some warbling, but his insights are well worth any glitches that might be part of the recording.  Enjoy!

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