Long before Chris Christie was the butt of David Letterman‘s jokes about his weight and excessive eating, back in 1985 Letterman teased the Atlanta Braves reliever Terry Forster, referring to him as a “fat tub of goo.”
As Sports Illustrated wrote about it on July 1, 1985, ” Letterman devoted the opening monologue on his June 17 late-night TV show to a weighty issue—Atlanta Braves reliever Terry Forster. “The fattest man in all of professional sports,” said Letterman, who had caught a Braves game on TV the previous weekend. “I mean the guy is a balloon. He must weigh 300 pounds. The guys doing the ball game. Skip Caray and Ernie Johnson, not once do they mention that this guy is enormous. They pretend the guy couldn’t be in better shape.
“He is a L-O-A-D. Not once, when they see this mammoth figure, this silo, get up in the bullpen…I just want them to say ‘ Terry Forster’s warming up, he’s a lefthander, an ERA of 3.5…what a fat tub of goo.’ Nobody says a thing. It ruined my weekend.”
After the remarks (note the “s” as Dave continued for many nights), Forster was deluged with commercial offers from pizza and potato chip firms.
Forster played for 16 seasons in the majors picking up 127 saves for the Chicago White Sox (1971–1976), Pittsburgh Pirates (1977), Los Angeles Dodgers (1978–1982), Atlanta Braves (1983–1985) and California Angels (1986). He led the league in saves with 24 in 1974. That season he appeared in 59 games, including one start, and pitched 134.1 innings.
Back in the day, Peter Gammons wrote about Forster as well
From the Sports Illustrated of July 13, 1987:
A WEIGHTY QUESTION
Pitcher Terry Forster is currently laboring with the Twins’ Portland, Ore., farm club in the Pacific Coast League, where his daily weigh-ins are on the honor system. Forster has written in 247 lbs. each day, but farm director Jim Rantz estimates Forster’s weight at something closer to 260. When Forster was spotted leaving the ballpark alone on a recent afternoon, manager Charlie Manuel called out, “Where are you guys going?”
Great trivia question…
Who has the highest career batting average with at least 75 at bats?
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