Tuesday, August 21, 2007

wild bill hagy, 1939 -2007

Os fan. cab driver. rally savant. baltimore legend.


Sun photo by Paul Hutchins

memories pour in to roch's blog such as:
It was the realization that fans could actually be heard on the field if they
spoke with one voice that spawned the many chants that followed, all dreamt up
by Wild Bill. A couple favorites of mine "C'mon Ken - hit it in the bullpen" and
"C'mon Lowenstein - hit the Busch Beer sign." Every time the O's would get a new
player Bill would have to quickly come up with a new chant unique to that
player.
and
As a young black kid in the late 70's and teenager in the 80's I remember
WILD BILL, he was the reason why you brought tickets in the bleachers at
memorial stadium, to cheer with him, catch a ball, and support a team that
had alot of african-americam talent,I miss that about the O;s and the team
should put out his name on the wall around Camden Yards.
and from the Sun coverage:
If ever an out-of-town fan happened into his cab wearing a Yankees hat, he
ordered it removed. If the person refused, he refused the fare.
and
In 1985, Mr. Hagy began a boycott of Memorial Stadium because he was no longer allowed to bring his own beer in a cooler.


many props to sun for solid coverage!

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah,
The Rangers just put up a 30 spot.

It was like a 10 car pile up on the beltway, you just cant stop looking.

geez.

brO

August 22, 2007 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah,

The Rangers also left NINETEEN runners on base.

Make that a 20 car pile up.

-brO

August 22, 2007 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Zev Love X said...

I just asked my coworker about Wild Bill. And he pulled out a ticket stub autographed by him. He said Wild Bill was completely hammered when he signed.

They don't make them like him anymore.

August 23, 2007 8:15 AM  

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