Right before the playoffs started, I enjoyed being interviewed by Billy Sample on the MLB Radio show "Baseball Brunch." We talked about how different "Quincy" was from today’s gory shows like "CSI"; my horse Jacklyn Klugman that finished third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby; and about my new book and what Tony Randall meant to me as my best friend after my throat surgery.
"He just was my best friend," I told Billy. "You know, sometimes you don’t know until a person leaves you. Joey Lewis, the comic, used to say, my piano player’s been with me 20 years, and I didn’t know he drank until he came in sober one day. And that’s what I felt like. I didn’t know how important he was in my life until I lost him."
Billy told me that my sportswriter character on "The Odd Couple" was "so right on". And I said:
"I was a sports fan when Jimmie Foxx was playing, when Lefty Grove was pitching. I saw Jimmie Foxx hit a liner that hit the bleachers and came back the shape of an egg. And he hit a ball so high once, he ended up on second base before the ball came down. That’s what I remember. And Vince DiMaggio was a good fielder, not a good hitter."
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