Johnny Bench and The Mick
JOHNNY BENCH/1970 WORLD SERIES
Bruce asked if Johnny Bench had any comment to give me after I caught his line drive during the 1970 World Series. Yeah, Johnny Bench gives me a hard time every time I see him because of the 1970 World Series. At the 1971 All-Star Game, he hit a one-hop line drive to me and I lunged out and caught it and threw it to first base. Before he could get out of the batter’s box, he threw his bat in the air and I think I reminded him of the 1970 World Series. He was a great player and he certainly had his days in the World Series and throughout his career. They just converted the "1970: Year of the Birds" onto a CD. It is narrated by Chuck Thompson and Bill O?Donnell. I have some autographed copies available on my website at brooksrobinson.com.
SAFE OR OUT?
Bruce also asks about the picture of me and Mickey Mantle at second base and whether he was safe or out. Really, I don’t remember. I always write "Out" when I sign it and Mickey always signed it "Safe." The umpire was Nestor Chylak — who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. For the life of me, I don’t know if he was out or safe.