This time around, Monterey, CA resident Dicky Ow writes to former Dodger Ernie Koy, who spent 5 seasons as a Major Leaguer, and asks for some tips on how he can be a Major League ballplayer.
Ernie Koy broke into the "show" in superb fashion. In his first at-bat he hit a home run. During his first season in 1938 he played in 142 games and started in left field for 135 of them. He batted a healthy .299, slugged 11 home runs and drove in 76 runs. He even had a little speed as he swiped 15 bases- 2nd in the National League that season. Unfortunately, he would never again equal these numbers. He played 4 more season while being traded to the Cardinals and the Reds, then he was sold to the Phillies before the breakout of WWII. Koy would then serve his country in the Navy, but would never again play pro Baseball.
In 1960 he was elected into the University of Texas Longhorns Hall of Fame. He was a fullback and team captain of his college Baseball team. His nickname was "Chief" which reflected his American Indian heritage. His son, Ernie Koy, Jr., played pro football for the Giants in the late 60's. He is also a member of my All-Ernie Baseball team as a backup outfielder.
Anyway, click the photo below for his advice to Dicky Ow.
Ernie's advice are really great words to live by.
Below is the original letter Dicky Sent to Ernie Koy
- Practice all you can
- Self Confidence- Believe in your own ability no matter what other people think.
- Pick out some good Baseball players and use him as an example. Watch his moves on the field.
- Take care of your body by exercise and clean living- attend church of your belief.
- Practice on your weakness- hitting, fielding, speed of foot and strong arm throwing.
- Speed of foot is the best answer. If you can run and hit, any team will find a place for you.