Monday, March 8, 2010


Veteran baseball writer and Salon de la Fama member Tomas Morales was recently honored prior to a youth baseball game in Mexico City. Morales, whose “Tommy al Bat” column has been a Mexican baseball staple for decades (and can still be read in Mexico City’s Esto sports newspaper), was feted at a February 28 contest in the Olmeca League, which he helped form.

Among the attendees honoring the 78-year-old Morales were representatives from the Mexican League, Mexico City Diablos Rojos, the Liga Olmeca and numerous friends and contemporaries of the past 58 years. Morales began in baseball working in 1952 as producer of a Game of the Day broadcast before starting writing his “Tommy al Bat” column for Hit magazine in 1954. He has written and edited for a number of magazines and newspapers since then, and was inducted as a full member of the Salon de la Fama in 1990.

Morales said that although he never had the faculties to play baseball, he was lucky to direct his passion for the sport towards writing. “I will never forget this day,” he added.

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