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Opening of the Catfish season
Roy Blount Jr.
March 17, 1975
Surfacing in Florida, a new Yank hooks into a fine-feathered feud
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March 17, 1975

Opening Of The Catfish Season

Surfacing in Florida, a new Yank hooks into a fine-feathered feud

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The score stands 6-3 Yankees. That ought to do it. But don't count a class team out. In the Orioles' ninth, Bob Bailor, not quite 24, singles in Jim Hutto and Larry Harlow, and the score is 6-5, two men are out, and Bumbry is back up.

Let us pause to pay tribute to the beauty of Al Bumbry's full listed name:

Say all and sumbry,
Alonza B. Bumbry
Is fast as most anything going.
He'll hit a nice soft
Grounder and off
Alonza B. Bumbry goes: boing.

But more than a leg single is required of Bumbry now, and more than that is what he produces, doubling just inches inside the left-field line. Two runs score to make it Baltimore 7, New York 6. In the bottom of the ninth, M. Wayne Garland, whom the Orioles call Pudge, retires the Yankees without a score.

The last man up for the Yankees is Dineen. "Pop his butt up, Pudge," cry the Orioles. "Let's go home."

Dineen takes a called third strike, wincing, and the game is over.

"Hey, Baltimore," says Singleton.

"Six runs in the last two innings," says Oriole Outfielder Jim Northrup.

"That will do it, almost every time," says Singleton.

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