I’m a retired sports writer and was covering the “Milt Mason” game when he came down from the scoreboard. I can verify that he severely burned his hands.
I later spent 28 years with the Milwaukee Journal and in Hank Aaron’s last season, I filled in as Bernie Brewer in order to do a feature story. I believe I had to wait until the second game of a doubleheader, when Aaron hit a home run to win the game before finally getting to slide.
A note on Bernie’s slide: I practiced in a pair of jeans, and went down the slide at a nice comfortable speed. However, the lederhausen (sp) that are part of the Bernie uniform were almost like sitting on wax paper. When I went down the slide at the start of the game, I went so fast I didn’t have time to tuck in my legs when I went into the beer mug. I hit my knee on the top of the opening and was limping for almost a week.
Comment by tom flaherty — March 18, 2010 @ 5:39 pm