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My Questionnaires

Craig Anderson

Question: It's easy to forget a player's successes on a team like the 1962 Mets. But with that squad, you tossed your first big league complete game, had career highs in many categories and led team hurlers in appearances. What are your thoughts on that season? Do you have any strong memories from that year?
Answer: It was a tough season for our team but Mets fans were great and wholeheartedly supporting us the whole season. They were just happy to have National League baseball back in NY.

Q: Besides 1962, what were the highlights of your big league career? What are your fondest memories?
Answer: First win on my first day in the majors for the Cardinals. Beat the Giants, Musial had a grand slam and I got a double my first time at-bat. Won in relief.

Q: What are some of your fondest memories or most vivid minor league memories? Your stellar 1964 season with Buffalo has to be up there.
A: 1960 - joined Tulsa AA out of college. Team won the playoffs and the interleague championship against Mexico champ. Led league in ERA. Promoted to Portland AAA the next season did well there and was called up in June. My best season in the minors was 1964 at Buffalo 12-7. 

Q: Do you keep in touch with any former teammates? What are they up to? 
A: Yes Dick Hughes and Gordon Richardson from the Cardinals. Ed Bauta Bell Wakefield from the Mets. Seen some teammates at signing shows.

Q: I lend a hand to the Society for American Baseball Research, helping them keep their records updated. Lots of times players pass away, unfortunately, and were are unaware of it. Are you aware of any former ballplayers who have passed away recently?
A: Many teammates from Cardinals + Mets have passed away but the memories remain.

Bobby Doerr

Question: What did you enjoy most about playing baseball?

Answer: Just playing and with great players

Q: Who was your favorite ballplayer as a child?

A: Charlie Gehringer 2nd Base Detroit

 

Q: Which pitcher gave you the most trouble as a batter?
A: Bob Feller

 

Q: What advice helped you the most as a ballplayer?
A: Joe Cronin to relax

 

Q: What was it like to be a rookie in 1937 with greats such as Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin?

A: Was a great thrill

 

Q: If you could have changed one thing about baseball when you were playing, what would it be?

A: Don’t try to pull to much hitters

 

Q: You were in NINE All-Star games. What was it like to be in the All-Star games so many times?
A: Great

 

Q: As a child, did you dream of becoming a professional ballplayer? If not, what did you want to be?
A: Always play ball

Al Downing

Doug Drabek

Question: As a rookie in 1986, how did it feel to be surrounded by greats such as Ron Guidry, Joe Niekro, Dave Righetti, and Tommy John?
Answer: It was fun playing with some of the big names in baseball.

Q: Which ballpark was your favorite? 
A: Busch Stadium

Q: As a child, what was your favorite baseball team?
A: Oakland A's

Q: Did you dream of becoming a professional baseball player as a child? If not, what did you want to be? 
A: Yes

Q: When you appeared in the 1994 All-Stars game, what did it feel like?
A: It was great being around different players from other teams

Q: Who was your favorite baseball player as a child?
A: Joe Rudi

Q: At the ballpark, which did you prefer: Hot Dog, Peanuts, Sausage?
A: Peanuts

Jerry Dybzinski

Question: When you made your debut in 1980, what did it feel like to be on a team that consisted of greats such as Mike Hargrove, Rick Waits, and Jorge Orta?
Answer: It was great. I was born in Cleveland and to play for my hometown in front of my family was a great thrill.

Q: Which ballpark was your favorite?
A: Boston: Fenway Park, KC Royals Park

Q: As a child, what was your favorite baseball team?
A: I liked the Reds and the Giants.

Q: Did you dream of becoming a professional baseball player as a child? If not, what did you want to be?
A: I always wanted to be a major league baseball player.

Q: Which pitcher gave you the most trouble?
A: They all did....Bob Stanley, Dan Quisenberry, Dave Righetti

Q: Who was your favorite baseball player as a child?
A: Willie Mays

Q: Survey Question: On average, how many autograph requests do you receive weekly?
A: 5

Chie Gunner

Question: Who were the most challenging pitchers you ever faced?
Answer: Left handed pitchers were tough I gotta say C.C. Sabathia.

Q: Who was your favorite ballplayer as you were growing up?
A: Ken Griffey, Jr, Tony Gwynn

Q: If you could change one thing about baseball, what would it be?
A: Level the playing field a little and by that I mean spread the money around (I'm a Royals fan)

Q: What is the toughest thing about playing professional baseball?
A: Knowing that you have to keep producing or go home. Mentally, you have to be tough and believe in yourself

Q: What would you have done if you didn't play baseball?
A: Try football, basketball, maybe track and field but I had to play something.

Q: On average, how many autograph requests do you receive each month?
A: Not a whole lot bud, about 5 to 10


Don Minnick

Question: When you made your debut in 1957, what did it feel like to be on a team that consisted of greats such as Roy Sievers?
Answer: On Roy Sievers nite I made my major league debut against Boston-I pitched 2 innings-0 hits 0 runs (walked Ted Williams to elongate his record for consecutive for times on base-Had chills running up my spine!!!

Q: What stadium did you enjoy the most?
A: Only saw 2 (Baltimore & Washington)

Q: As a child, what was your favorite baseball team?
A: Cleveland

Q: Did you dream of becoming a professional baseball player as a child? If not, what did you want to be?
A: Yes as a teenager

Q: What player helped you the most in your career?
A: -

Q: Who was your favorite baseball player as a child?
A: Bob Lemon as a teenager

Q: Who influenced you to become a baseball player?
A: My father

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