"The Dugout 2"
Chuck Connors: A Man for all Seasons
This is a page from The Beckett Monthly April 1989
Chuck Connors, the Rifleman, used to tell a story — he was a struggling hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 1951. He asked teammates what he should do. They all told him the same thing: The only guy who can save you is Musial. So Connors went to Musial and asked for his help. Musial spent 30 minutes at the cage with an opposing player. "I was a bum of a hitter just not cut out for the majors," Connors said. "But I will never forget Stan's kindness. When he finished watching me cut away at the ball, Stan slapped me on the back and told me to keep swinging."
November 18, 1951 - Chuck Connors, former Cubs 1st baseman and future TV star of The Rifleman, became the 1st player to oppose the major league draft.
A fan of Chuck Connors sent me this - Chuck Connors Autographed Baseball.
In person at the 3rd Brooklyn Dodger Reunion on May 3 1992.
Mr. Connors was great to meet here with his grandson, Mr. Connors had cancer here.
He passed away 6 months later on November 11, 1992.
After making a good impression with his bat rather than his mouth with the Dodgers' B squad during spring training in 1949, Connors got a shot at the Brooklyn first base job when he was elevated to the A squad for the April 7 exhibition game in Macon, Georgia. Connors went 1-for-5 in that game, and manager Burt Shotton penciled him into the lineup for the April 8 game in Atlanta. However, in a pre-game fielding drill, Connors was hit in the mouth by a ball thrown by Bruce Edwards and was taken to a local hospital. He needed five stitches to close the wound, which swelled his upper lip to twice its size. That bad break cost Connors his major-league opportunity. He missed two exhibition games, and when he returned for the April 10 game, he went 0-for-3. "I have only five days to win the job," Connors lamented at the time. "So I can't take time out for injuries." However, his bad breaks continued when the next three games all were rained out. In the April 14 game in Washington, D.C., Connors went 0-for-4. Worse, he had the crowd in stitches. "The fans laughed themselves silly over the performance of this bush league first baseman who seemed to be doing a takeoff on the old college try," one writer wrote. "Later Chuck said he hadn't tried to be funny, that he'd been hustling for keeps hoping to make an impression on Shotton."
To read more on this please go to The Baseball Biography Project
This is a great article covering Chuck's biography/sport biography. In this article it tells about Chuck's lip injury.
Thanks Kathy Z. for this great article and for solving the mystery of Chuck's upper lip injury and how it also effected his life.
DeeCee sent me this website which I found interesting — "Baseball in Vermont: History Comes Alive at the Bennington Museum" There is a paragraph that reads.....The sole baseball card featuring Chuck Connors, who would go on to television fame as "The Rifleman," is in the show because Connors once played for the Bennington Generals.
Sports & the Sporting Life in New
The Golf Course
Chuck played for the Boston Celtics
Sports heroes/stars that appeared with Chuck
around The McCain Ranch