By Barry Duchan
Surely, there are some fans who read this blog who actually remember listening to Mets' games in 1962. If you are one of them, please help. Here's the story - I wrote a post back in September (which was later picked up by mikesmets.com) based on my own personal recollection of Jackie Robinson doing either or both the pre-and post- game radio shows on WABC-77 Radio with Howard Cosell. I didn't make this up, didn't read it anywhere, I just remembered it. Yet, I got a comment from a reader telling me that I was wrong. It wasn't Robinson, it was Ralph Branca. I certainly recall Branca doing the post-games, too, but I don't remember - did Robinson do the show in 1962, only to be replaced by Branca in 1963 (Or the other way around)?
If anyone remembers or better still has documented evidence to clear this up, PLEASE leave a comment. Certainly I have no doubt that Robinson had a public feud with Stengel, but was Robinson the original host of the Mets' pre or post game shows as I remember ? Thanks to anyone who can offer help with this..