Larry Hisle was an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers from 1968-1982. He logged in 1,146 hits for a .273 batting average.
I had the pleasure of meeting Larry at PopCon Milwaukee last year. His booth was next to Fergie Jenkins.
I liked the symmetry, as both were with the Phillies organization, although never teammates. Still, obviously they knew each other from then, as well as their long careers. They faced each other 55 times over the years, with Hisle getting 11 hits for a .200 average with 2 homers and 14 rbi's.
Another bit of a connection is that Hisle got one win while pitching in the Phillies minor leagues..He got two strike outs in one inning for the win in his only pitching performance.
I talked to Hisle about his time on the mound, facing Jenkins, playing for the Brewers and more. Hisle only played 9 games in 1982 and missed the World Series with the team.
Hisle was a class act. He was thankful for being remembered. He was having a good time reconnecting with Jenkins and seeing his many fans. Hisle was especially appreciated because the show was in Milwaukee.
I love players like Hisle. He was never a superstar, but he had a solid career. I first knew him with the Twins, after I received his 1974 Topps card. I really liked those Brewers teams, especially since the Chicago teams were so mediocre in those days. I wish he could have logged in that World Series, but at least he was part of the team.
PopCon Milwaukee returns this Saturday and Sunday. Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Spencer Milligan and Phil Paley from the "Land of the Lost" will be there, as well as former QB Dave Krieg, wrestling legends HillBilly Jim and Jake "The Milkman" Milligan, former baseball player Felix Mantilla, Barry Williams and more. Check PopConMilwaukee.com for more info.
Larry Hisle and me in Milwaukee, WI-November 2017.