As a minor league pitcher, Dennis Minogue hardly had Hall of Fame talent. Once he changed his tune - and name - and forever linked Willie, Mickey and the Duke, he earned his spot in Cooperstown.
The Hall will honor “Talkin’ Baseball” composer and singer Terry Cashman this summer as part of induction weekend, 30 years after his song became a ballpark favorite.
Funny thing, the popular refrain almost included another player.
“I kept trying to fit Joe DiMaggio into the song and it wasn’t working,” Cashman, 69, said this week.
Once he dropped Joe D, the most familiar verse flowed rather easily.
“It just came into my head that way,” Cashman said. “I sat down and wrote the whole thing in 20 minutes.”
Single-game tickets for the 2011 Tacoma Rainiers season will go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available online at www.tacomarainiers.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Scot Shields retired Friday after a 10-year career with the Los Angeles Angels spent mostly as the primary setup man during the team’s period of dominance in the AL West. The 35-year-old Shields was a free agent after two injury-plagued seasons. The New York Mets released second baseman Luis Castillo despite still owing him $6 million, cutting ties with a three-time All-Star. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake might start the season on the disabled list after injuring his back. Brett Myers will start the Houston Astros’ opener in Philadelphia against his former team.