This video tribute cuts off the end of Scooter’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech, but it’s worth listening to just to hear him describe sticking grits in his pocket during his first trip south. It’s got some great pictures also.
Many readers shared their memories of Phil Rizzuto yesterday.
Too true. I’d get so hungry for lasagna and cannolies watching a yankee game, I’d not even care what the score was.
Posted by: Hank
“I’ll tell ya’, Messer – that’ll take the edge off even a big Yankee win.”
Posted by: fudd
For me, the greatest Scooter moments were the ones that betrayed his wonderfully tilted view of the world. There are tons of them in Hart Seely and Tom Peyer’s free-verse collection “O Holy Cow!” (many of which first appeared in the Voice, and a few of which are available on Rizzuto’s Wikipedia page); two of my favorites from personal memory, not from the book:
Rizzuto to Bill White, as a closeup of the full moon appears on the WPIX screen: “Hey, White, look at the moon! I think I can see Texas!” (Long pause.) “Awwww, Texas isn’t on the moon!”
Fran Healy on WABC radio: “Next up is Toby Harrah. Harrah is one of the few players whose name is a palindrome.”
Rizzuto: “A whaaaa?”
Healy: “A palindrome, Scooter. That means it’s spelled the same backwards and forwards.”
Rizzuto: “Oh.” (Pause.) “Oh, you mean like ‘orange.’”
Healy: “Orange? Scooter, orange isn’t spelled the same backwards and forwards.”
Rizzuto: “No, but you can’t think of a rhyme for it!”
Scooter was far from a classic broadcaster – this is, after all, the man who coined the scorecard notation “WW,” for “wasn’t watching” – but he was a welcome, warm, baseball-loving presence in the booth, at his best when paired with someone like Bill White or Tom Seaver, who could appreciate his digressions while occasionally reminding him of the presence of the game on the field. I.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 15, 2007