Friday, July 31, 2009

Cal McLish interview

I actually didn't interview him, I just finished a Daily Oklahoman piece on Cal McLish who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Reds, Pirates, Cubs, Indians and White Sox.

His full name was Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish.

I don't own any of his cards, but here is a link to a cool website devoted to older cards virtual Card Collection

We all recognized the Calvin Coolidge and Julius Caesar part of the name, the Tuskahoma is a town in Oklahoma from the Choctaw words homa= "red" and Tuska = "warrior".

He was a pitching coach in his later years and as recent as 2005 had worked with Gil Meche.

There's a lot of great quotes in the article, my favorite being
"Stats should be used like a drunk uses a lamp-post, for support, not illumination.”

You can find the full article here at

The reason for the article is that he's being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. I wish articles like this appeared more frequently than just when someone is getting an award or recognition. Older people have so much to tell and we have so much to learn from them.

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