It’s funny… just a few days ago I was listening to the radio broadcast of the 1968 World Series, which Bullet Bob appeared in. During one of the games, announcers Jack Buck and Pee Wee Reese are discussing a controversy about Lou Brock “showboating” on the base paths, and Reese mentions how back in the old days when he was playing, a pitcher would’ve “low-bridged” a hitter to tried that stuff, but went on to say how nowadays (i.e., the ’60s) that doesn’t seem to happen so much anymore.
So the guy who probably knew the Dodgers better than any other team and who, at the time he said it, was broadcasting a Cardinals game during Bob Gibson’s signature season, didn’t think that the existence of Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale had put a stop to flash and disrespect and all of that? And that pitchers back in his day wouldn’t stand for this stuff?
I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you.