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XM Fan: How about your road to the majors, beginning in high school?
Ron: I played on a pretty decent high school team in Baltimore County, at Sparrows
Point High School. I believe we won the Baltimore County Championship my senior year,
which involved only playing maybe eight or twelve games.
The way I developed any ability to attract professional scouts was by playing for
two people. The first was an amateur team in Baltimore named Gordon Stores, which
was a cleaning company that...
XM Fan: Many people believe the Mets started to turn the corner right around '67,
with the addition of Tom Seaver to the roster.
Ron: When Tom Seaver came to the Mets I don't remember there being any transition
from a young, inexperienced pitcher to the guy people quickly recognized as being
on track to the Hall of Fame. It seemed like he came out of the box fully formed
and was able to pitch and compete at a very high level. Incredible. And he was able
to maintain that level - I believe his ERA was over 3.00 just once during his first
ten years in the big leagues. That level of consistency and success was just incredible.
Kellia Ramares: Happy 62nd!!
Former Mets right fielder Ron Swoboda is 62 today. But as my friend and fellow Mets
fan Lucy said after she saw him at Shea several ...
XM Fan: How about a young twenty-year-old's impression of Casey Stengel?
Ron: Probably what's most amazing to me is when I first met him in 1964. He was already
in his early seventies and it was my first Spring Training. You know, there is something
so amazing... I may end up using the word "amazing" more often when talking about
Casey Stengel, because he was truly amazing... The fact that he was still in the
game. He was bent over, had a big knot in his leg where he'd gotten hit by a taxicab,
walked bowlegged and a bit stooped over. He had this face that looked like it came
off of Mount Rushmore. But with all the wrinkles and crinkles of age, his eyes were
very blue and very young. His face was prone to all kinds of expressions - mostly
he was smiling.
He was an incredible character to be around. I suspect he was more of a character
with the New York Mets than he...