Denny Doyle recalls those good old
By William Feldman
Welcome to Kids
Stuff. Todays column includes an
interview with Denny Doyle, schoolyard safety and a
Denny Doyle, #15, played second base for the Phillies.
He was born in 1943 in Louisville, Ky. He was always
interested in baseball because his dad loved the sport.
He enjoyed playing catch with him in the back yard when
he was about 3 years old.
I think my dad wanted me to be a ballplayer,
His father had the greatest impact on him as a child
because of the time he spent practicing and playing
catch. As a child he played baseball 10 to 20 hours a
week; however, growing up he played basketball, baseball
and football. He liked basketball the best. He received a
college athletic scholarship in basketball. That is how
he received his college degree.
He always wanted to play in the major leagues but did not
realize he had a chance until his second year in college,
because he was excelling in every league he played in.
I am a little guy, but I practiced harder than
anyone else in the game of baseball, he said.
My dad told me, Son, if you are the first one
there and the last one to leave and you dont let
anyone outwork you in between, you will do what you want
to do and you will be successful. This was my
motto, and this is what I did.
Mr. Doyle played for the Phillies for eight years. He
played in the minor leagues for four years and in the
major leagues for four years. As a professional he also
played for the California Angels, behind Nolan Ryan, and
the Boston Red Sox, where he played in a World Series in
1975. As a professional during the off-season, he worked
just as hard. In the off-season, he spent at least three
to four hours a day practicing. Traveling during his
career was very hard because he had three small children.
Larry Bowa had the greatest impact on him. They played
eight years together, and his work ethic motivated him.
Roberto Clemente was the most awesome player Mr. Doyle
played against. He could beat you even without going out
on the field. His presence as the #3 hitter caused your
team to pitch differently to the first and second
batters. He could beat you with his arm, his legs and his
bat, Mr. Doyle said.
Today, there are several players that he likes: Charles
Johnson, a catcher, goes about his business in a way he
likes. He feels he has been one of the best defensive
catchers and has a very good work ethic. However, his
favorite player is Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red
Sox. He does a lot of things at the plate that he
believes in. Hes very intense, and he is a leader,
How would he compare baseball today to baseball in the
There is more money involved and more entertainment
now, he said. There are more home runs and
RBIs now, because they have moved in the fences and
juiced up the ball.
His greatest memory as a Phillies player is when the team
played the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, a hall of famer, was
pitching. Mr. Doyle went 4 for 4 and hit a two-run homer
off of Bob Gibson.
Mr. Doyles greatest memory of Veterans Stadium was
the opening day in 1971, because there were a lot of
people there and there was a lot of hype.
He has advice for kids interested in becoming a
professional baseball player: The key to success is
information or knowledge. You also have to have a lot of
passion and dream dreams to make it to the big leagues.
Whatever you dream, you can make happen.
Schoolyards can be fun but very dangerous. Heed these
Dont leave your backpacks all over the
ground. Someone could trip.
If you dont watch where you are running you
could do a George of the Jungle Watch out for that
treeeee and crash into the wall.
Listen to the school aides.
Dont chase other kids. They will run and
If you see a stranger in the schoolyard, dont
go over to him. Tell an aide immediately.
CRLKM CMSAS NOP RAS CRBUDEF
Hints: C is W; A is R; S is E; R is A
Answer to last weeks cryptogram:
DONT BE LATE FOR SCHOOL
William Feldman is a sixth-grade student at the
Greenberg Elementary School in Bustleton. Send all
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