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Great moments in bullpen phone miscommunication

Oct 27, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT


This story from Bob Elliott is fun. Game cancelled because of rain, so old guys tell stories about stuff in the press box and around the ballpark.  The topic: other bullpen phone failures in baseball history. Some technical, some just miscommunications and weirdness.

My favorite: the time in 1983 when Braves manager Joe Torre called down for a lefty … and there were no lefties. Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre managing the defending NL West champs, and he doesn’t know that he doesn’t have any lefties.


  1. natstowngreg - Oct 27, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Hilarious. Thanks.

  2. Panda Claus - Oct 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Reminds me of another great moment in “eye black” (shoe polish) history: an old M*A*S*H episode where Col. Potter is tricked into using binoculars with black paste on the sight rings. He ends up looking like a raccoon when he lowers the binoculars after looking through them.

    You could easily imagine eye black appearing on 30 different bullpen phones next season after reading this great story.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      Squeezing a Col. Potter/ M*A*S*H reference into a Baseball post about telephones. +1.

  3. tmohr - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Whoever thought up the headline for the story deserves a cookie.


  4. cur68 - Oct 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Any story that leads with the ’93 series is a good one. I distinctly remember sitting there saying “WTF? Lefty fool, a lefty!” then the Jays start the come back.

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