It is 63 years
now since Murderers' Row, and Koenig is ill. He has been battling cancer for
eight years. "I eat four, five cloves of garlic every day," he says.
"You can read in the newspapers that garlic has been beneficial to cancer
patients. But it also keeps people away."
There are other physical problems. Gout. A deteriorating back has left him
stooped and forces him to use a cane. Weakening eyesight. He wears glasses as
thick as a Coke bottle.
by," he says.
outlived two wives. He has a daughter, Gail, and five grandchildren. He lives
with Gail and her husband, Jim Terry, a psychologist, on a 32-acre site among
the olive, almond and orange trees just outside Orland, Calif., an agricultural
dot on the map 150 miles north of San Francisco. Koenig has the cottage in
Though he didn't
finish high school, Koenig is a bright man who never gave up on learning. He
spends his days reading and working crossword puzzles. "I finish most of
them," he says proudly. At night he sits in a reclining chair watching
television until he falls asleep. He sleeps three, maybe four hours a night,
always upright, in the recliner. To lessen his physical discomfort, he is glad
to talk about the old days, which allows him to project Ruth, Gehrig and the
rest of the '27 Yankees across the theater of his mind.
It helps a