HALL OF FAME PITCHER Juan Marichal DISCUSSES HIS CAREER on MLB NETWORK’S STUDIO 42 WITH BOB COSTAS on tuesday, november 24
November 19, 2009 – Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal discusses his Hall of Fame career during an episode of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Throughout the interview, Marichal, 72, discusses his pitching style, his former teammate Willie Mays, his upbringing in the Dominican Republic and his infamous fight with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro on August 22, 1965 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. A preview of the interview can be viewed here.
The interview, which was filmed at the 2009 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, will re-air on November 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET. Prior to Studio 42 with Bob Costas, MLB Network will discuss the 2009 National League MVP results on Hot Stove, its live studio show in the offseason with updates and analysis of the moves all 30 clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season. Hot Stove airs at 6:00 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Highlights from the interview with Marichal include:
ON COMING TO PLAY BASEBALL IN THE UNITED STATES
When we got to Michigan City, all the white players had a hotel where they stayed. We had to live with a black family as they arrange rooms. So, the only time, we were together, with the white players, was at the baseball field and the clubhouse. My relationship with the white players was good. It was my first time in this country. I wanted to be a baseball player and everything was beautiful. But I was surprised.
ON SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TEAMMATE WILLIE MAYS
You can’t throw Willie the same pitch twice, even if he looked bad on it the first time. Because, he was going to be looking for that pitch and hit it good and long.
Willie used to tell you how to pitch to guys and how he was going to play the guys. And if you make a mistake, he would come up and say, “Why did we talk before the game? We say play him that way, pitch him that way.” He let you know right away but he was the greatest. I don’t think were going to see another Willie Mays for the rest of our lives.
ON PITCHING A 16-INNING, COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT ON JULY 2, 1963
They didn’t pay much attention to pitch counts because I threw 227 pitches. And the next day, [Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn] was so nice. In the tunnel in Candlestick Park, he came to tell me how to prepare for the next start. That was such a nice thing he did. I still have that photo of Warren and I in the tunnel. Warren telling me what type of exercise I should do to be ready for the next start.
ON NEVER WINNING THE CY YOUNG AWARD
Well, I never won the Cy Young and when you show my numbers to anybody who knows baseball, they say, “What happened to this guy? He won so many games, 20 or more games in a year and never won a Cy Young?” I don’t know. The only answer I give people is that there was only one Cy Young award for both leagues up until 1967. But in 1968 I went 26-9, and [St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher] Bob Gibson came out with that phenomenal ERA of 1.12.
ON JOHNNY ROSEBORO
The only reason I signed with the Dodgers [in 1975] was because I wanted people to know I wasn’t the type of person that would hurt somebody over the head with a bat. When they announced I was a Dodger, the first one to come out in public and welcome me to Los Angeles was Johnny Roseboro. I will never forget that time and the way he took the whole thing.