My CBSSports.com colleague Scott Miller wrote yesterday about some of the wilder moments in Yankee Stadium history. Here's another, courtesy of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver.
"I got thrown out of both games of a doubleheader," said Weaver, the ex-Orioles skipper who is attending this All-Star Game along with a huge group of Hall of Famers. "I argued a call in the first game, and it finally got to the point that they threw me out. Well, normally once you get thrown out, it's forgotten and over with. You don't mention it anymore.
"Well, it was still bothering me when it got time to play the second game, and when I took the lineup card out, I said one more thing. And they got me again. The guys on the bench had been saying, 'Earl, don't go out there,' but I did."
For the record, Weaver's memory is perfect. The doubleheader was on Sept. 29, 1985. The Orioles got swept by the Yankees that day, and Weaver was tossed in the third inning of the first game and again during the exchange of lineups before the second game. He was mad because he believed that Yankee catcher Butch Wynegar had dropped a third strike and then never tagged Floyd Rayford.
Hearing the story, Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer said it had to have happened in 1985, and not with Weaver's earlier Orioles teams.
"As good as those (other) teams were, you didn't want to miss both games," Palmer said. "But our team was going to win whether he was there or not. I remember one time, Mike Flanagan told (umpire) Steve Palermo to throw Weaver out so we could enjoy the game. He just said what all of us were thinking."
One more Hall of Fame memory from this morning:
Hank Aaron said he felt a need to be at Yankee Stadium for the final All-Star Game here. Asked then how he had felt about the closing of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, where he starred with the Braves, Aaron told a story.
"You know where I was when they blew up that ballpark? I was in Alaska fishing," he said. "When it was blown up, I saw it on TV."