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More Foytack please
2007-04-23 18:10
by Bob Timmermann

In the Griddle's attempt to be your source for all things Paul Foytack, I present you with this entry from the NY Times "Bats" blog where Jack Curry expands on his phone interview with Paul Foytack.

Foytack tells Curry that if he pitched today, he would never give Barry Bonds anything to hit, and that he was supposedly good friends with Fred Astaire and was embarrassed at a race track by not recognizing Audie Murphy.

“Let me tell you about the most embarrassing day of my life,” Foytack said. “I had pitched a good game for us, retired like 17 or 19 in a row, and I was at the track the next day. I was sitting with Fred Astaire and someone asked me for my autograph. I turned around, signed an autograph and I couldn’t believe who it was. Do you know who it was?”

I had no guess so Foytack told me it was Audie Murphy,....

I believe the game Foytack remembers is this one. The race track was most likely Hollywood Park, which was racing in July of 1963.

But if Fred Astaire was hanging out with Paul Foytack, then who was hanging out with Ed Sadowski? Walter Brennan? Arnold Stang? Randolph Scott?


2007-04-23 18:56:20
1.   Sam DC
My Dad -- racetrack hound -- was big on Audie Murphy.

I never meet anyone who knows who Audie Murphy is.

2007-04-23 18:56:48
2.   Sam DC
I've tried comparing him to Pat Tillman, but it doesn't really work.
2007-04-23 19:06:26
3.   Bob Timmermann
Now I'm picturing Sam's dad hanging with Paul Foytack.

And Arnold Stang.

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