Bronx Bombers BASEBALL CARDS: Keith Nobbs, Broadway's Billy Martin, and Playwright Eric Simonson

By Michael Gioia
February 28, 2014

Bronx Bombers, the new Broadway play by Eric Simonson, tells the history of the New York Yankees framed through the eyes of baseball legend Yogi Berra. As part of Playbill.com's Bronx Bombers Baseball Cards, we meet cast member Keith Nobbs.



Name: Keith Nobbs
Hometown: Born in Chicago, grew up in Houston, went to high school in NYC
Character You're Playing: Billy Martin/Mark Burkett
Favorite Sport: Basketball/tennis/triathlons
Favorite Sports Team: New York Knicks [NBA]
Favorite Sports Hero: I was in Houston when [baseball player] Nolan Ryan pitched and I remember seeing his games as a kid.
Sports Played Growing Up (if any): I played Little League, but maybe, just maybe I used to dance in the outfield.
Favorite Sporting-Event Snack: Um, beer probably.
Show you made your Broadway debut in: The Lion in Winter in 1999.
Favorite Broadway show (and why): Into the Woods had a profound effect on me when I saw it as a kid in the 80s.
Did you meet and/or hear from your Bronx Bombers counterpart or their family? None of Billy's family has come, but people who worked with and played under Billy have come. Willie Randolph telling me "you got him" was very moving.
Most memorable moment from Bronx Bombers: I'm gonna go with The Last Supper Yankees photo we took as a cast.

Eric Simonson
Photo by Monica Simoes
Name: Eric Simonson
Birthdate: June 27
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers [NFL]
Favorite Sports Hero: [Baseball player] Curt Flood
Sports Played Growing Up (if any): Wrestling, cross country, track
Favorite Sporting-Event Snack: A Chicago-style hot dog
Show you made your Broadway debut with: The Grapes of Wrath (as an actor)
Favorite Broadway show (and why): The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Did you meet and/or hear from any Bronx Bombers counterpart or their family? Larry Berra, Yogi’s son.
Most memorable moment from Bronx Bombers: The first reading we did at Perry Mansfield. Exhilarating.

Click here to view the Baseball Cards of John Wernke and Chris Henry Coffey, who play Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Click here to view the Baseball Cards of C. J. Wilson and Bill Dawes, who play Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Click here to view the Baseball Cards of Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne, who play Yogi and Carmen Berra. Click here to view the Baseball Cards of Christopher Jackson and Francois Battiste, Broadway's Derek Jeter and Reggie Jackson.