He's retired now, but Jack Hayes still believes his best job was being the visiting team's batboy at Griffith Stadium in Washington back in the 1950s, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mantle, Williams…and Porterfield.
He got paid $2.50 a game, which for a kid in 1953 was pretty good money. But the perks of the job were even better for a young baseball fan.
Jack Hayes, retired and living in Florida now, recalls an era when he could simply call the Washington Senators' owner at home and ask for a job.
He even helped one fan add Ted Williams' autograph to a ball already bearing the sigs of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.