GLENDALE, Ariz. — Much as I might want to, I’ll never forget standing outside Forbes Field after the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game in 1969.
My late brother David and I were posted up by the players’ entrance with a stack of baseball cards, and out the doors came the great Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell.
We pulled their cards, held them up for autographs and … nearly cried when they walked on past without a glance.
Fortunately, a kindly stadium worker witnessed the scene and told us to hang tight. Out came Freddie Patek (who, at 5-foot-5, was…