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White Sox mourn death of Yankees icon Yogi Berra

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White Sox mourn death of Yankees icon Yogi Berra

DETROIT -- David Robertson had hoped to visit with Yogi Berra this weekend during a four-game visit to Yankee Stadium.

Instead, the White Sox closer will be on hand to mourn Berra’s passing after the Yankees legend died at age 90 on Tuesday. Robertson said he received a phone call learning of Berra’s death early Wednesday morning. Robertson, who played his first six seasons in New York, said Berra was a constant presence in the clubhouse.

“He’s one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet, one of the nicest, most respectful,” Robertson said. “He was exactly what the Yankees as an organization wanted their players to be like. “You can’t say enough about him, he’s just going to be missed.”

Robin Ventura played two seasons in New York and remembers how Berra was the genuine article not to mention an impressive ballplayer. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, Berra won 10 World Series rings, was a 15-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player. He also led the Yankees and New York Mets to the World Series as a manager. But it’s how Berra interacted with people that will stick with Ventura.

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“As soon as you start thinking about him, you smile,” Ventura said. “Just getting to talk to him was always fun. He lit up a room when he came in there, would walk around and talk to everybody. Just a beautiful person all the way around. His numbers are incredible when you really look at him. But his presence and how he dealt with people was really the biggest thing. He made a lot of people smile.

“He enjoyed people. He enjoyed having fun and laughing as well. He wasn’t trying to be that way. That was just what came out. Truly an icon of our game.”

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper got the chance to pitch for Berra in one of his final games as the Yankees manager. A native of New York, Cooper was excited to pitch for one of the franchise’s icons and hoped it meant a new lease on life for his career. Two days later (April 29, 1985), the Yankees fired Berra and rehired Billy Martin.

“He brought me in the game in the 10th inning in Chicago and I thought, ‘Wow, he’s giving me a chance,’ ” Cooper said. “I never really thought I had the opportunity I was dreaming about. I thought maybe it happened.

“At the end of that series, he got fired. … Just a wonderful man. Baseball’s loss and friends, family. It’s just a loss, just sad.”

“I haven’t heard ever one word from anybody that was derogatory toward him. He was loved by everyone.”

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Said Robertson: “He was never trying to put on a show. That was just Yogi. He was a funny guy who knew how to play the game the right way and had success doing it. I think he ended up having 10 rings. I know he’d always joke about that saying to Derek (Jeter) -- ‘How many do you have? We’ll I’ve got 10.’ He wasn’t being cocky about it. He was just letting you know ‘I was good.’

“He was a true legend of the game and he’s going to be missed.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list