You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we’ll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.
ON THIS DATE IN 1956, Buck Showalter was born.
The Baseball Tonight crew, in the studio early on a Sunday morning, did a demonstration on how to break up the double play. Buck Showalter, the runner, dressed in a three-piece suit, told the camera guy, “Be ready for this. I’m only going to do this once.” Harold Reynolds, the second baseman, also dressed in a suit, wasn’t ready. Showalter did a real take-out slide, knocked Harold to the ground. Harold and host Karl Ravech howled with laughter.
That’s Buck Showalter: If we’re going to do it, no matter what it is, we’re going to do it right. He was a good player and an exceptional manager. He is the most prepared, analytical and observant person I’ve ever met. My favorite nights at ESPN over the past 23 years have been sitting next to Buck, watching 15 games at a time, and him beginning a sentence with, “Have you ever noticed?” or “Why is it?” or “Did you see that?” And I could never see it.
I asked Orioles…