Yesterday we lost television legend, Jack Klugman at the age of 90.
Klugman was born in Philadelphia and lived most of his adult life in California, but Jack took one of Neil Simon’s best characters, Oscar Madison – a slovenly cantankerous sports writer for a local New York newspaper and made him into an iconic television character. Yes Walter Matthau originally portrayed Oscar on Broadway and in film, but Klugman made the character his own.
So Jack/Oscar I will always cherish that image of you with a warm bottle of suds in one hand with a fragrant cigar dangling from your mouth and of course the coupe de grace – a weather beaten Mets cap on your head.
Good night Oscar and Aristophanes !
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Original Mets pitcher, Al Jackson is 77 (1935). Al is one of the longest tenured employees in the Mets franchise.
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’66-’67, Jack Hamilton is 74 (1938).
Middle reliever from the ’65 season, Dennis Musgraves is 69 (1943).
One of the best outfielders to ever refer to himself in the third person, Rickey Henderson is 54 (1958).
Reserve third baseman from the ’89-’90 seasons, Tom O’Malley is 52 (1960).
Reserve infielder from the ’07 season, Ruben Gotay is 30 (1982).
Sadly on this date the Mets lost two members of their family, Starting pitcher from ’74- ’78, Nino Espinosa in 1987 and reserve first baseman from the ’72 and ’73 seasons, Jim Beauchamp in 2007.
Mo Vaughn left cookies out for Santa Claus – but he ended up eating them before the man in red could come bearing presents.