Former Giant and Red Sox player Randy Kutcher joins The Sully Baseball Show

Monday Night Around the Majors/The Sully Baseball Show 04/30 by Seamheads | Blog Talk Radio

Former Hum Baby Giant and Morgan Magic Red Sox player Randy Kutcher is the first former big leaguer to join The Sully Baseball Show podcast.

We discussed being congratulated by Steve Garvey on his first hit, which Red Sox players were pooped by the end of the 1990 season and how ditch digging helped propel him to the major leagues.

And he on the field for the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary celebration.
It’s a nice chat with a baseball survivor.

It is on the second hour of the Seamheads Tuesday night block.

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Honoring Moose Skowron… a man of many teams

Moose Skowron passed away this weekend.
He was a great Yankee and one of my mother’s favorite players growing up.
He played 9 years with the Yankees, playing in the World Series in 7 of those years, winning 4.

He made 5 All Star teams as a Yankee and was a fixture at Old Timers Day for decades.

But guess what? He was a 5 time World Champion and a 6 time All Star.

It seems strange to think of him playing for other teams, but he logged five years in the big leagues after his time with the Yankees ended.

 Moose was the offensive hero of Game 7 of the 1962 World Series. The Yankees rewarded him by traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams.

He looks strange in Dodger blue, doesn’t he?

Well he looked stranger to the Yankees when he homered in the 1963 Series and helped lead the Dodgers to victory over his former team.

The Dodgers said “Thanks for the title, Moose. Now go to Washington!”

 There is something unsettling about Moose Skowron in a Senator uniform. Remember it was the Washington Senators that were the topic of the musical Damn Yankees.

The premise of the play was that the Yankees had such a stranglehold on the pennant that it took a deal with the Devil to make a champion out of the lowly Senators. The play opened in 1955, when Skowron was a member of the Yankees. And now here he is stuck in Washington, needed the Devil to make a winner out of them.

(Yes, I realize that the Senators franchise from the musical was the one that became the Twins and the team that Moose played for became the Rangers. Settle down.)

Midway through the 1964 season Skowron landed back in pinstripes.

OK, they were Chicago White Sox pinstripes but he looked happier there. And why not?

The White Sox were contenders, regularly winning 90 games in the 1960s.

And in 1965, as the Yankee dynasty crumbled, Skowron made the All Star team and his White Sox won 95 games, finishing second to the Minnesota Twins. (Formerly the Senators, but NOT the Senators that Skowron played for. You following?)

Finally (and most bizarrely) Skowron was traded to the Angels in 1967.
No longer the Los Angeles Angels, they were the California Angels.

A man I associate with old fashioned Yankee baseball and clashes with Brooklyn was a member of an expansion team playing near Disneyland.

Among his teammates were Jay Johnstone and Aurelio Rodriguez, who would both play in the World Series for the Yankees under George Steinbrenner.

He was mainly a Yankee but brought his power bat from New York to L.A. to Washington to Chicago back to California.

You will be missed, Moose Skowron, by more than New York fans.

And one final note. How did he get the name Moose?
Because he was as strong as a moose?

Nope.
He had a haircut as a youth that resembled Mussolini.
Moose was the shortened version of that.

He was wise to go by the short version.

Rest in peace, Moose.

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