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Former Philadelphia Phillie Great Johnny Callison Taught His Parrot to Cuss at You

Jul 12, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

The thing I’m most familiar with about former Phillie great Johnny Callison is that whenever a current Phillie guns down a player at the plate from the outfield, my dad likes to say it was Callison-esque. Dude had a great arm. He’s also very well known for a walkoff home run in the 1964 All-Star Game which happened to be the last Mid-Summer Classic hosted by the Mets and was the recent subject of a pretty nice ESPN feature.

source:  It’s certainly worth a read for any Philadelphia fan, especially those who never lived during his playing days and missed the chance get to know a little about the great player he was.

It also includes this gem about his awesome bird:

Callison, who never lost his matinee idol looks, was also a used car salesman, a bartender, a father of three daughters, a grandfather of eight more girls, and a good friend. He loved John Wayne, Cape May, “The Price Is Right” and animals. He even taught one of his parrots, Charlie, to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and say “F— you.

Emphasis ours.

source:  So next time you watch True Grit (1969), get some free fudge at the Original Fudge Kitchen, see Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore, or run into a singing/swearing parrot, think of old Johnny.

>>Johnny Callison 1964 walk-off home run in the 1964 All-Star Game hosted by the New York Mets [ESPN]

[h/t @dhm]

  1. r0tcod - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Those old sports clips are so quaint, back when they were in black and white and white and white and white and white.

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    • you jackass - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      you are a douchebag

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      • r0tcod - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Such sharp wit. I am sure you have never used a word that sent the reader to a dictionary.

  2. CK - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Watched him hit a homer at my first Phillies game ever, in 1964 at Connie Mack. He became my first and favorite sports figure of all time, I actually cried when I heard of his passing. Now I have even more fond thoughts of him. RIP Johnny.

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