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Continued: Reusse: Underappreciated Battey holds spot in history

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 29, 2014 - 8:33 PM

Tony Oliva had to do some lobbying with Pascual to get Camilo to agree to attend the 2005 reunion.

“I think Camilo was afraid he would be too sad about the players not here, especially Earl,” Oliva said. “Camilo and Earl were together in Washington … Camilo loved Earl.”

Pitcher and catcher. It’s supposed to be that way.

Frank Quilici, an unlikely hero for the Twins early in the ’65 Series, said: “Earl was a great storyteller, and he could tell them both in Spanish and English. He had the biggest personality on the team. That was as close a group of players as I’ve been around, and Earl probably was the main reason.”

At the reunion, Harmon Killebrew (now also an absent friend) said: “Earl was a fun guy in the clubhouse, but more importantly, he had everyone’s respect. He had sore knees, sore hands, sore everything, but he stayed in the lineup.

“I didn’t realize how good of a catcher Earl was until he was gone.”

Me, neither, Mr. Battey … I’m contrite to say, all these decades later.

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com

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