Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Bilko-Sized Blast from the Past

(Fourth in a series based on Author Gaylon White’s recent visit to Nanticoke, PA) Stout Steve Bilko had 54 home runs and 16 games remaining in the 1957 season to break the Pacific Coast League’s single-season record of 60 set in 1925. He had been down this road the year before, the “Bilko Homerometer” and […]

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A Sunday Drive with the Bilkos

(Third in a series based on Author Gaylon White’s recent visit to Nanticoke, PA) There was only one way in and out of the Honey Pot section of Nanticoke in 1976 when I visited Stephen Thomas Bilko, also known as Stout Steve the Slugging Seraph. Today, there are two roads. In Honey Pot, that’s progress. […]

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‘The Last Real American Sports Hero’

(Second of a series based on a recent visit to Nanticoke, PA, by Author Gaylon White) Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Jim Murray called Steve Bilko “an authentic folk hero.” Ron Kalb, 12 years old in 1956 when Bilko was imitating Mickey Mantle on the West Coast, still considers him “the last real American sports hero.” […]

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