Baseball Great and Broadcasting Legend Unite To Fight Prostate Cancer | Video

Last year,, in conjunction with Stein-O-Mite Media (one of Southwest Florida’s finest production companies), chronicled the charitable efforts of legendary New York baseball journalist Ed Randall. In the wake of being treated for prostate cancer, Randall formed a charity called “Fans for the Cure.” The organization’s mission involves spreading awareness of the disease, while advocating for the importance of early detection. Randall’s cause also raises money for cancer research.

While last season’s coverage focused on Randall’s visit to Tampa Bay Rays camp, the above piece of original video showcases his recent stop through Minnesota Twins spring training in Fort Myers, Florida.  Like last year, the footage is provided by Stein-O-Mite Media, which is headquartered in nearby Estero, Florida.

The clip shows Randall and Twins great Tony Oliva interacting in the dugout, shortly before the pair traveled to the mound, where Oliva throws out one of the day’s ceremonial first pitches.

Later in the video, Oliva is seen signing autographs on the field, including one for Randall.

Younger baseball fans probably do not realize how great of a ballplayer the legendary "Tony-O" was. From 1962 through 1976, the native of Cuba posted a .304 lifetime average, with 220 homeruns and 947 RBI. Oliva's long list of accomplishments includes eight All-Star appearances, three AL batting titles, 1964 AL Rookie of the Year honors (first full MLB season) and the 1966 Gold Glove at the RF position. 

Though not enshrined in Cooperstown, Oliva is a member of the Twins hall of fame, with the franchise also hosting a statue in his honor, outside of Target Field, the club's downtown Minneapolis home park.

Those interested in contributing to Randall’s very worthwhile cause can do so via this link.