Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Mike Vail 75-84 Major Leaguer
Mike Vail played in the majors for 7 different teams over 9 years. Mr. Vail took a moment to answer some questions for me recently.
He told me that his favorite major league teams were the Mets, Cubs, and Dodgers. His favorite teams in the minors were the Tidewater Tides and the Reno Silver Sox.
His favorite players include John Bench, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, and Ducky Medwick.
He mentions that Seaver had the best fastball he had ever seen. He also tells me that Ducky Medwick taught him how to hit in the majors.
I asked him specifically about playing with the Portland Beavers. Mike tell sme that he played with them in the PCL during a comeback period. Some, he says, felt he was washed up. He ended up leading the league and ended up in Chicago for 3 years.