I’ve known Al since we were 11-12 years old so most of our lives. In addition to being a great athlete Al was and is a great person, willing to make people around him feel good. I personally saw him interact with fans, especially young fans when he was a player. He always made their day by signing autographs and spending time talking to them. His Mad Hungarian persona is iconic and he’s remembered fondly by his fans. In Chicago a few years ago
Al spent a long time signing autographs and acknowledging his fans which were numerous. He was arguably the best closer in baseball in the 70’s. There are many additional examples of his talent s character all of which are positive. Time and space limit my ability to speak to that. He is a worthy candidate for the Cardinal HOF. Grateful for this opportunity.

Ron Fitzgerald, Friend