January 28, 1957

On January 28, 1957, it was announced that the Brooklyn Dodgers had hired Emmett Kelly. When owner Walter O’Malley was asked if Mr. Kelly was going to replaced Manager Walt Alston, he got mad and said, “NO. That clown is there to entertain the children between innings. And, if the reffing gets too bad, maybe he can call some balls and strikes.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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