The killer pick-off move(s)
Baseball has always been a big part of my life. I’ve played it, watched it, covered it as a sports writer and now watch it as a grandfather. Yep, my grand sons both play and I go watch them as much as possible.
Matter of fact, I can’t remember when I started watching and/or playing the game. I started thinking the other day and my thoughts drifted back to my playing days.
I can remember many of my teammates.
Dale Mead. He has tragically passed on, but he and I connected because he pitched and I played third base. What is so special about that?
Dale was a right-handed, side-armed, almost under-handed pitcher and he had a rare, suprising (to runners who reached third) pick-off move to third. So, we naturally caught plenty of runners standing flat-footed as they inched off base.
Not many coaches scouted in those days, but after a while word began to spread about Dale’s killer pick-off move to third.
Danny Blair played catcher,
In high school ball, Jim Tiffee played short, Jim Allinder first, Don Lewis center field, and Stan Wedge left. Dale played right. Larry Roop was a pitcher.
Dale and/or Corky relieved each other. Relief pitchers weren’t so specialized in those days.
Corky, Don and Larry have also passed on.
One game I remember in high school stands out. We played at Cameron on a Saturday morning, the night after our senior prom. Somehow, I reached first. I don’t remember how exactly.
The pitcher attempted a pick-off to first and the ball hit me right in the face. Probably, because I was in a daze (from the prom), I wasn’t paying at lot of attention. Needless to say, that was another killer pick-off move I can’t seem to forget.