Let the fantasy continue always. — Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

Marvin, what a wasted life!

You could have been center fielder for the Yankees!

Mickey Mantle

Thanks to Mitchell Beja for these beautiful memories!

Marvin, I miss you more than words can say.  You were the kindest, most generous and  funniest person I ever knew. The fantasy began in 1989, and lasted 23  years. I knew right after your base hit against  Whitey Ford, reaching 1st base with your hands raised up to the sky, that  you were a true Yankee. 

Marvin Hamliach and Mitchell Beja - Nov. 10th, 1989 at the NY Yankees spring training complex in Fort Lauderdale.

Marvin Hamliach and Mitchell Beja — Nov. 10th, 1989 at the NY Yankees spring training complex in Fort Lauderdale.

Thank you for the years of friendship, all the  ballgames, the trips to spring training with Brandon and Zack who adored  you, the Idina Menzel concerts with Rori, who loved you. 

Rori-MH NY Yankees

I think of you every day of my life. Over this past year, realizing the  body of work you have left us, the people you have touched, the students  that have learned from you, that you were larger than life itself. But to  me, you were Marvin.

You were always Marvin, the same as the day I met  you, and the world knows who you are.

On this day, August 6th, my  thoughts and prayers go to Terre, who has made sure that your legacy will  continue for generations, and after that.  I am so lucky to have been a  part of that fantasy that will continue always.  We all miss and love you so  very much, more than anyone could understand, more than you know.

I will miss you forever -  Mitchell Beja

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch - Yankee Stadium 9-20-2012. Game: Yankees-Blue Jays

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch — Yankee Stadium 9-20-2012. Game: Yankees-Blue Jays

Terre and Torre 9-20-2012Marvin Hamlisch

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