“He Winked At Me”

“Well, you know I… I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn’t. That’s what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases – stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That’s my wish, Ray Kinsella. That’s my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?”

Today is the 100th anniversary of the lone major league appearance of Archibald “Moonlight” Graham of the 1905 New York Giants.
The centennial will be celebrated tonight at the Metrodome. Meanwhile, the Red Sox played at home this afternoon- I really, really hope they flashed Graham’s career stat line on the Fenway scoreboard at some point during the game.

3 thoughts on ““He Winked At Me”

  1. The Sheila Variations

    Moonlight Graham

    Steve Silver’s post gives me chills!! That movie, man. DAMMIT. Read that monologue. It’s just marvelous cinematic writing, ain’t it? The whole script is that way. Of course, we all know how I feel about Annie Kinsella. And it looks…

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