Thoughts and pictures of my local minor league baseball team the New York Penn League Connecticut Tigers; a Detriot farm team. We'll still be looking at former Navigators/Defenders players along the way....

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Steve Hamilton and the Folly Floater ..

The Tigers gift shop has a baseball card vending machine and the card displayed on the machine for whatever reason is the 1965 Topps baseball card of Steve Hamilton, a Yankees relief pitcher from 1963-1970. Hamilton broke in with the Indians in '61 and retired with the Cubs in '72. He had stints playing for the Senators, White Sox and Giants. Steve is a pitcher I remember well from my youth.
Hamilton who was 6 foot 7 inches, also played in the NBA with the Lakers (that's the Minneapolis Lakers kids), from 1958-1960 and played in the NBA finals losing to the Celtics (who else) in '59.
The You Tube clip is Hamilton uncorking the Folly Floater to Cleveland slugger Tony Horton during the first game of a double header on June 24, 1970 at old, old Yankee Stadium. Horton fouls off one pitch and then asks for another which Hamilton serves up. Horton fouls out to Thurman Munson and then crawls back to the Indians dugout on his hands and knees. The Scooter with a Holy Cow call and a glimpse of the Yankee manager Ralph Houk, who pasted away recently, at his usual dugout spot (top step, with pebbles placed in front on it on the field by the grounds crew that the Major would gather up and toss back onto the field during the course of a the game--a Houk mannerism).
I've been sitting on this post for a bit and saved it for the Staten Island Yankees visit to Dodd. Hamilton was connected to all three Dodd Stadium affiliates; he played for the Yanks and Giants and was a coach for the Detriot Tigers in 1975. Sadly Steve died in 1997.


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