I got hooked on baseball back on 1975 when I went to the corner drug store in suburban Philadelphia to buy some bubble gum. Back the, you could get a small paper bag filled with candy for under a dollar. On this visit, the store keeper was having a sale on Topps Baseball Card packets. I remember they were 2 for 25 cents. My friend reminded me that they came with a slab of bubble gum and for the same price as buying the gum, I could get gum and baseball cards.
I opened the pack, quickly shoved the gum in my mouth and began to read the stats on the back of one of the cards for a Phillies player. From that point on, I was hooked on baseball cards and a few weeks later, asked my dad to take me to a Phillies game. The Phillies lost to the Cubs 6-4 in that game but I didn't care. I had discovered a new passion in life that would still be with me nearly 40 years later.