Larry of Brooklyn Remembers
November 20, 2013 Another Afro-American,like Ken Singleton, Amos Otis and Jesse Hudson whom Grant and company had a low threshold of patience for. As a pitcher, he had to meet an even higher standard. Though Singleton was traded in the Rusty Staub deal, this hideous pattern of bad trades for the wrong reason contributed to the shocking demise of a franchise that started the 1970's atop the world and as the decade ended a shell of itself, ready to implode before mercifully being sold by the miserly, incompetent Paysons. And it was that year, 1979, ten years after he sipped champagne with the Miracle Mets, Jim Bibby alongside fellow ex-Met castoff but also Willie Stargell Family member John Milner helped the Pirates to the WS Championship against the same Orioles of Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer - except this time led by runner-up AL MVP Ken Singleton, years after Rusty was traded away for Mickey Lolich. It's so true about what goes around...
November 20, 2013 Ken was a good friend of mine. We played together in 1971 at Pompano Beach in the Florida State League and in 1972 in the Texas League in Memphis. We were also roommates both years, and I was in his wedding. Espo was still playing in 1973, when I was released. Unfortunately, as it goes, life got busy and we lost contact. I have thought about him a lot through the years. Not only could he pitch, but also was a great guitar player as well. And a great person.
November 20, 2013 I knew Doug in 6th grade in Queens, NY. He was a really nice kid - and he LOVED!!!! baseball. I am so happy to see that he got a chance to play pro ball in the minor league Mets affiliate. I hope he's doing well!