The New York Post's Phil Mushnick has a scathing column railing against ESPN and Joe Morgan today. During Sunday night's telecast of the Phillies' 10,000th loss, Morgan — to everyone's surprise — shared a story about how important he was to the history of baseball. Let's go to the blockquotes:
The year, Morgan told us, was 1964, that calamitous season when the Phillies blew a 6 1/2-game lead with 12 games left by losing 10 straight. Morgan said he made his major-league debut late in '64, against the Phillies. And it was in that game that his RBI single beat the Phillies, extending their infamous losing streak to eight or nine. Morgan added that Phillies manager Gene Mauch was so upset he threw over the buffet table in the clubhouse, hollering that his club had just been beaten by "a Little Leaguer!"
Great story. But unless Morgan was confusing himself with Reds rookie infielder Chico Ruiz, it never happened. As several readers were moved to write, the Phillies played the Reds, Braves and Cardinals during that losing streak; Houston wasn't in the mix. Furthermore, Morgan, though called up in 1964, did not have an RBI that season for Houston.
Did I ever mention I was in the military? This reminds me of the time I won the Medal of Honor posthumously after I bravely gave my life for my fellow soldiers on the dusty streets of Mogadishu in 1993.