Monday, September 22, 2014

Just Plain Ugly ('70s Version)

One of my Dad’s favorite expressions was “as ugly as a bucket full of assholes.” I have no idea where that came from, but it sure fits these guys …


Hard to believe, but this is Garry Gentry’s fourth appearance in this blog. The other three highlight his:
Well, Gary, sounds like you’ve got all your bases covered. 

BTW, if you want to know anything more about this guy, be sure to click on one of those links. I honestly don’t think I have anything more to say about him that hasn’t already been covered there.

Everybody liked this guy in Patton. Personally speaking, though, I much preferred him in Dr. Strangelove.

Interestingly, our George Scott is a George C. Scott as well. The only difference is that our guy is a Junior.

He was also a pretty decent ballplayer. A three-time All Star, Scott’s best year was 1975, where he led the AL in RBIs and tied for the lead in HRs. Overall, he jacked 271 “taters” (his word for them), knocked in over 1000 runs, and notched eight Gold Gloves to boot.

“Boomer” was also quite a character. Here are three good links telling the whole story:


Bobby Wine is another repeat offender. I’ve already got him down for a unibrow and jug ears. Not quite a Gary Gentry mind you but, hey, who is?

Those other posts covered his playing and managerial stats as well as his progeny. So, here’s some trivia.  I’ll bet you didn’t know that Bobby:
  • Once pulled the hidden ball trick on none other than Willie Mays
  • Got five of his 30 career homers off Hall of Famers (Warren Spahn, Juan Marichal & Bob Gibson)
  • Was once ejected, as a manager, for not getting his lineup card in on time
And here’s a recent article that mentions he’s living in Tommy LaSorda’s old house and is coaching Little Leaguers (at age 73).

Larry Hisle’s another frequent flyer. In that other post, we looked at his stats and up his nostrils.

What I didn’t mention there was that Larry was a respected hitting coach for a number of years after hanging up his spikes. He’s currently the Brewers’ Manager of Youth Outreach, and is also the president of Major League Mentoring, a youth program in Milwaukee. He seems like a genuinely great guy.

Yogi?  Is that you?  Yogi?

Ray Newman was up for a handful of years with the Cubs and Brewers. Though he finished with a career ERA under 3.00, he only got in 60-some innings.

His main claim to fame seems to be this great story, the Wikipedia version of which I will quote in full:

He became known for riding a bicycle to Wrigley Field. On one occasion, he was struck by a driver and was unable to pitch that day due to the mishap. Cubs manager Leo Durocher was not amused, and Newman was traded by the next spring. Durocher, talking about his team that year, referred to "this nut who used to ride a bicycle to the ballpark."

George Foster made a couple of all-ugly teams:
Click here for more ugliness (plus stats!)

I honestly don’t remember this guy at all, but it turns out he was up for 15 whole years. Of course, a lot of that was with the Pads … or as somebody else’s backup … or because he couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield ... 

Then again, maybe he was just so darn ugly that I’ve manage to repress all possible memories.

* - author has this card

Need more ugly? Check out there dudes from the '50s and '60s.

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