This piece comes by way of Todd in Irvine, Kentucky as a follow-up to the recent "Dentist" tale appearing in these pages. He says,
"I don't know if this is true, but it came to me while I was a sports writer ... It still makes a great story."
"Many of today's professional wrestlers (rasslers) were once athletes in college and pro sports. One of them was a man named Randy Poffo, now know as Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Savage was a catcher in the Reds' organization playing in the minors in Sarasota, Florida. The Reds had a catcher named Bench at that time, so it would have been very hard for anyone to get the job with the parent team.
"One report was that Poffo was a large man then, so if the other team had a runner that could score, but it would be close and there may be a collision at the plate with Poffo, the runner usually stayed at third base.
"According to legend, Poffo got a hot tip on a horse running one day at a local track. He figured how long he could play in that day's game and still make it on time to place a bet on the horse. Poffo was reportedly very quiet that day, which was rare. Until the time came for him to leave.
"The story goes Poffo called for the pitcher to throw the ball a few feet outside, obviously a ball. At which point Poffo turned to the umpire and argued until he was thrown out of the game and he could go to the track."
----------------A Final Thought ...
"A ball playerís got to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. Thatís why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues."
- Giuseppe Paolo (Joe) Dimaggio, Jr., (1914-99), US baseball player