Happy 74th to the legendary Braves usher, whose trivia questions between innings are sorely missed.
(excerpted from a 2010 AJC article on Banks)
Chatting recently with a family of five from Cincinnati, Banks suddenly noticed that the stadium clock read 7:14. He pondered this for maybe a millisecond before saying, “Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs, which you probably knew. But did you know that Jack Webb’s badge number on “Dragnet” was 714. Matter of fact, Tim Hudson was born on 7/14.”
He let this sink in before adding, “Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews both hit their 500th home runs on 7/14, although one year apart, both against the Giants, incidentally, Mathews on 7/14/67, Aaron on 7/14/68.
No doubt Walter is pleased with the Braves’ 6-game lead over the Nats, but I bet he isn’t overconfident like too many fans of the local nine seem to be. Six games is nothing, not with half the season left to play and Bryce Harper back in the Nats’ line-up.
Though my heart picks the Braves to win the division, my head still isn’t going there. Hope I’m wrong.
Tonight’s opponent, the Marlins, winners of 14 of 21, are no longer pushovers. The Braves do catch a break, however, missing pitching phenom Jose Fernandez in this series and the one next week.
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