I thought maybe I remembered him from "The Sportswriters on TV", but the record shows otherwise. So I must remember him for his contributions to Baseball Digest back in the day. I think it was Steve Stone who suggested that every closer in the game should give Holtzman a 10% commission.
And please, keep LaTroy Hawkins away from the casket when it's time to pick pallbearers?
I don't know too much about Holtzman, but it is interesting to note that he passed just over a week after another notable baseball historian, Red Foley. Without these two, the way we take note of stats in baseball and the importance we give them would be very different.
Going to the rule book again . My guess is the catchers bobble was enough for the umpire to decide the ball did not take a direct path (or hit of some other catching equipment) and so it becomes a foul fly instead of a foul tip.