Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - August 18, 2007

A brief encounter with Phil Rizzuto

In 1948, I worked out at Yankee Stadium for a few days. I became friends with Harry Cooney one of the coaches. When I walked in to the clubhouse on the first day, I saw Phil Rizzuto snapping Hank Bauer's bare fanny with a towel. Bauer yelled out, "Rizzuto, if I get my hands on you, I'll wring your neck like a chicken."

The players' lockers were on the left, and the players erupted in laughter. I thought, "So these are the mighty Yankees."

The right side contained the manager's office, then the training room, and on the table lay Joe Dimaggio being treated for his heel spur by Gus the trainer. Gus nodded at me and said, "You working out?"

I said, "Yeah, and I need a hat size 7 1/4."

He handed me one and pointed to one of the four lockers on the left of the door. "There's one in there that's your size."

While I was dressing, Dimaggio kept eyeing me, and I laughed to myself, thinking, "Hey, I got his wheels turning. He's wondering where he's seen me before."

Then a pudgy 10-year-old kid walked in, Joe's son, and promptly asked, "Hey, Pop, can I have an ice cream bar?"

Joe shook his head and said, "No, you can't. You've had one already, and that's it for the day. You know your deal with your mother."

The son left, and Joe said to me, "Where have I seen you before?"

I laughed, "How about 1944 at Anaheim, Cal., in spring training where you hit a double off me since we had agreed on no signs. Power against power, with Fernandes, the Angels catcher, who would go up with the White Sox."

He laughed, and I went out to pitch batting practice and got my first look at the Yankees keystone combination of Rizzuto and Stirnweiss.

They were practicing double plays, and I was impressed by their skills. After I pitched to a few of the hitters, I shagged flies in the outfield and then ran sprints as one of the coaches hit fungos to the outfield, most of the time just out of reach.

Paul Krichell would not give me a bonus, saying, "Hey, you should be happy we're willing to sign you."

I responded, "That don't put groceries on the table, see you later," and finished a 6 and 9 year at Stamford in the Colonial League.

Richard H. Blow

Rock Hill

Red Cross workers deserve recognition

I'm disappointed that The Herald did not mention the work done by the York County Red Cross staff and volunteers at the chemical spill on Aug. 9. The call for Red Cross assistance came about 10:30 a.m. -- and immediately calls were made to get drinks and sandwiches available to the emergency responders and trained disaster volunteers to respond to this incident.

Our Red Cross staff person and three volunteers were at the site until 5:30 p.m. The volunteers worked in two shifts, making a total of six volunteers. These are persons who are from a large group of volunteers for disasters who are ready and available 24/7, mobilized locally, and some go to national disasters to take care of those police, firefighters and others working at the disaster.

The support from the York County community makes this disaster work available.

Louise R. Hassenplug

Rock Hill

New figures dispute global warming

New figures from NASA destroy Al Gore's basis for global warming. It seems that the NASA researcher who made that claim cooked the books. Not only that, but the hottest decade was not the last 10 years, but the 1930s. For other articles on this trend see these Web sites:

• www.rocktownweekly.com/ opinion_details.php?AID=11645&sub=Editorial

• www.canada.com/nationalpost/columnists/story.html?id=61b0590f-c5e6-4772-8cd1-2fefe0905363

Note: The second Web site cited is a Canadian Web site. Canada.com is a generally liberal leaning Web site.

Hugh Haynsworth IV

Rock Hill