Share your memories of Dennis Bennett
HERE IS WHAT OTHER METS FANS HAVE TO SAY:
October 10, 2002
From what I understand this guy was a top prospect for the BoSox but for some reason was never able to make it in the bigs. Short career.
December 20, 2002
Dennis Bennett is my father and a wonderful man. His baseball career may have been short, but it was well lived. His stories are so wonderful to hear and he still loves the game to this day. I am so proud of him and the man he is. To other baseball fans he may be just a common, who had a short stint in the bigs, but to me he was a great player who made the best of his time in the "bigs" the best he could have. He will always be one of the game's greats to me.
May 13, 2003
I remember Dennis Bennett pitching for the Phillies in 1964 during the fated year when the Phillies choked in the last week of the season to squander a 6 1/2 game lead. That was I think Mr. Bennett's first decent year. He was exceptional and he came out of nowhere to play a large role for the Phils that year.
I remember watching a game he pitched 10AM in the morning a weekday game that was a make up from a previous game that was rained out. I remember everything about that game the smell, the seat in Connie Mack Stadium and the excitement of that season that was present in the stadium. He threw the ball with grace and he was crafty. His rise and then fall from baseball grace typified that legendary team, the team of Richie Allen, Ed Roebuck, Johnny Callison, Tony Taylor and Tony Gonzalez that almost made it.
I am glad to hear he is alive and well and making a difference. He certainly created some great memories that live on in Phillies fans everywhere.
Mets fan in Maine
February 12, 2008
In Peter Golenbock's book "Fenway," Bennett says he had arm problems when the Phillies traded him to the Red Sox; his arm was pretty much dead, he says.
Bennett also talks about being quite a partier. One anecdote has him flying from Boston to California in January of 1967 to attend pitcher Jerry Stephenson's wedding, a flight Bennett spent in the restroom. It turns out that he knew a stewardess, who smuggled him onto the plane, stuck him in the bathroom, and then put an out-of-order sign on the door.
Bennett also had a thing for guns. One night, upon returning to his hotel room, he quarrelled with his roommate (Lee Thomas) about who should turn off the light. Bennett ended up shooting the light out with one of his guns.
Regarding another incident, Bennett is quoted as saying, "I always carried guns in my suitcase. Another time we were in Detroit. I had about five guns." The story goes on about Bennett and some other players cleaning up in pool at a bar before leaving just before some mobsters were supposed to arrive.
Just imagine something like that--a player carrying guns-- happening today.