May 30, 2003 Lavagetto was favorite in Brooklyn for getting the only hit against Bill Bevans of the Yankees in the 1947 World Series at Ebbets Field. His double to right scored two runs that had reached base via walks. Lavagetto wanted to coach on the West Coast. I believe he lived in Oakland. He left the the Mets to coach the Giants. Wes Westrum left the Giants and came to the Mets. My favorite recollection of Lavagetto was one day Marv Throneberry hit a sure triple at the Polo Grounds against the Cardinals. The Cardinals appealed the play claiming Throneberry missed second base. The appeal worked. Casey Stengel came out to argue. As he passed Lavagetto to argue with the second base umpire Lavagetto said "Casey, don't bother he missed first base as well."
July 8, 2005 It was Cookie who told Casey that Throneberry missed second as well as first. To which Casey replied, "Well, I know he touched third, because he's standing on it right now!" The next batter, Jim Hickman, hit a home run. As I understand it, Casey ran out of the dugout and pointed to every base as Hickman approached it.
January 15, 2006 I was a fan of Cookie's when he played for Oakland Oaks. I have a card of him from 1947. Had lunch with him in 1985 in Orinda, CA. I showed it to him. He was surprised I had it all them years. He signed for me. We were both very happy that day. Great guy.
August 28, 2007 Why I am thinking about him I do not know, but the cry "Hay Cook-ee" which you could always hear in the background while listening to Red Barber somehow is in my mind tonight. My aunt (now dead of course) was an avid fan of the Dodgers and the radio was always on when there was a game. I am now 75 years old. Maybe it was the news about Phil Rizutto that made me think of those old ball games.
February 29, 2008 I remember Cookie as an athletic instructor in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Livermore CA in the summer of 1944. I was on a team from that base that played weekend games in Oakland, as well as on the base. I regret that although I have a ball signed by my teammates, I didn't at least try to get his autograph on that ball, too.