Lou Piniella spent all of six games in a Cleveland Indians uniform in 1968, with another four years in the Tribe's minor league system (1962, and 1966-1968), so his newsworthiness here in the Forest City is tangential and minor at best.
Still, when you read some of the things in this book excerpt from "Sweet Lou... Lou Piniella: A Life in Baseball" (by Melissa Isaacson) about his time in Cleveland, it's hard not to pass the tidbits along.
Once, playing Class D ball in Selma, Alabama, for the Cleveland Indians organization, Piniella threw his glove and it landed at the bottom of a giant water barrel that the team used for drinking water. While trying to retrieve it, he slipped, fell in headfirst and nearly drowned before being pulled out.
Back with Cleveland in a Pacific Coast League game in 1967, Piniella struck out in a critical situation, threw his helmet and his bat as he often did, then sprinted to his spot in left field, where he kicked the eight-foot high outfield fence. Being portable, however, it collapsed under the force of his kick and he once again had to be rescued — this time by the grounds crew from under a pile of planks.
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