September 6 – Happy Birthday Gary Tuck

tuckIf you ask Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada, Jason Varitek and now Brian McCann who was the best catching instructor they ever had, each highly respected veteran MLB receiver would answer, “Gary Tuck.” Gary was a classmate of mine in the Wilbur Lynch High School Class of ’72. He was the quarterback of Rugged Ram varsity football teams that won back-to-back Class A Championships and the catcher on the school’s Varsity baseball team and the thing I remember most about him in both roles was his almost flawless technique. At the time, there were better athletes available to play both positions but Tuck was smarter and worked harder than everybody else…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam-born baseball mentor in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.


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