Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/9/13
When it comes to major league baseball, there are no demigods anymore. The hulking, spectral players of the past – the immortals whose tales were told down through the ages – exist only in fading memory and faulty story. Your intrepid columnist heard them from his Dad. He was there when Babe Ruth said his final goodbye at Yankee Stadium. He cheered — then all-too-quickly mourned — Lou Gehrig. He was stirred by the grace of Joe DiMaggio, awed by the raw talent of Mickey Mantle, impressed by the acumen of Casey Stengel. As a Yankee fan of the time, he was surprisingly not Yankee-centric. He was a font of information about the dimensions of the Polo Grounds, the nuances of Tiger Stadium, the lineup construction of the 1948 Indians and 1950 Phillies. When Casey was unceremoniously cashiered by the Yankees, my Dad followed him over to the NL and became a Mets expert, while also specializing in NL sluggers. As a very young child, the columnist heard about a very young Tom S...
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