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Duffy Dyer Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 15, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio
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Duffy Dyer
This article was written by Adam Ulrey and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

In the sitcom Cheers, guys came in to have a cold one, talk about whatever was going on, and--most emphatically--defend Sam Malone. Malone, played by Ted Danson, was a washed up pitcher for the Boston Red Sox turned owner and bartender of Cheers. Judging by the stories patrons would tell about his mediocre career, you would have thought he was Walter Johnson. If a stranger walked in off the streets and said anything negative about Malone’s career, the customers would unite to defend him.

Back in 1969 there was such a place--Donovan’s, an Irish Pub in Woodside-Jackson Heights area of Queens. This was Duffy Dyer country. Duffy was a light-hitting, good-fielding catcher who played with the New York Mets for half of his major league career. He became a fan favorite on Opening Day of the 1969 season by belting a  pinch-hit, three-run homer. Donovan’s became the home for Dyer fans to gather.

“We haven’t had a fight in here in a long, long time,” the bartender at Donovan’s said. “But if somebody puts the knock on Duffy in here, look out.”

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