Earlier today, I had a chance to meet former big league closer Sparky Lyle.
Although Lyle is best known for his days with the New York Yankees where he won the AL Cy Young Award in 1977, he began his career here in Boston in 1967 as part of the Impossible Dream team which won the AL pennant. Prior to the 1972 season, the Red Sox traded Lyle to the Yankees for first baseman Danny Cater in the worst transaction between the two clubs since Babe Ruth was sold to the Bronx Bombers to finance the Broadway production of No, No Nanette.
When Lyle saw my handlebar mustache, he reached out to shake my hand and provided some grooming advice. After telling him I enjoyed his book The Year I Owned The Yankees, I observed that he must be disappointed there was no birthday cake. You see, Lyle liked to, ahem, decorate birthday cakes. He laughed and said, “I’m in therapy.”
Sometimes life is fun.
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