Re: Feel good thread! Who was your first baseball hero?
First Hero: Al Rosen!
Yeah, I grew up in Cleveland and first took notice of baseball in 1954, Indians vs. Giants WS. Saw some of it on TV (including the Mays catch against Vic Wertz). I was eight then. Baseball caught my imagination! By the time I was 10 (1956) I already knew that I didn't want to live my life in Cleveland and Cincinnati caught my interest because it seemed interesting, mysterious and they had a MLB team---George Crowe, Gordy Coleman, Jim O'Toole, Smokey Burgess, Gus Bell, etc. etc. They just seemed so mystic and etherial. I even voted a 'stuffed ballot' in the '56 All-Star game. So, I've been following the Reds for 57 years now.
Moved to Cincinnati in '72. Fell in love with the city, which was heavily ingrained with baseball. After watching the Yankees walk all over the Indians for the previous decade, I marveled at all of the talent on the Reds team!
Johnny Bench just amazed me that year but, frankly Pete Rose became my favortte player of all time. The things he could do with a bat, and the way he played the game just amazed me and he's still my favorite player of all time.
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