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Double Play: Sportswriter Diane K. Shah Writes Her Revenge06:29
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Steve Carlton in the Game 2 of the 1980 World Series. (AP)
Steve Carlton in the Game 2 of the 1980 World Series. (AP)
Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton delivers the first pitch in Game 2 of the 1980 World Series. (Brian Horton/AP)
Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton delivers the first pitch in Game 2 of the 1980 World Series. (Brian Horton/AP)

We had Diane K. Shah on this week's show to discuss her sportswriting career and her recently published memoir, "A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps."

In October of 1980, Shah was covering the World Series between Kansas City and Philadelphia. After Game 2, Shah and three colleages were waiting to interview the winning pitcher, Steve Carlton of the Phillies. But Carlton, who was camped out behind a glass door with a teammate, didn't like to give interviews.

"All of a sudden, this other guy, Dickie Knowles ... comes out and throws a bucket of water on us," Shah remembers. "As he does this, Carlton races out of this office down the hall into a trainer's room and slams the door."

Three years later, Carlton and the Phillies were in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in the postseason. In an October 4, 1983 Los Angeles Herald-Examiner column, Diane K. Shah "wrote" her revenge.

Listen to our "Double Play" of Diane K. Shah's column, "Oh no! Not Another Boring Interview With Steve Carlton" by clicking the play button next to the headline at the top of the page. The column appears here with permission from Hearst Communications, Inc. Big thanks to our actors, Taylor Pendleton-Harris and Alex Schneps.

Looking for more from our "Double Play" radio theater series? Find more stories here.

This segment aired on July 25, 2020.

Karen Given Twitter Executive Producer/Interim Host, Only A Game
Karen is the executive producer for WBUR's Only A Game.

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