Batter up! My all-time favorite sports team is the St Louis Cardinals Baseball Team. My second most favorite ballplayer, behind Stan the Man Musial, came from the great state of Nebraska. Bob Gibson hailed from Omaha I believe and could intimidate and dominate batters like no other pitcher I know of. those were the days.........
Now you're talking. To paraphrase the St. Pauli girl, "you never forget your first baseball team". The Washington Senators of Camilo Pascual, Harmon Killebrew, Roy Sievers, and Bobby Allison didn't win many games (until they moved to Minneapolis) but what great memories. It's great to have baseball (possibly winning baseball this year) back in the nation's capital. Put me down for some fever as well.
My first baseball team is and always has been my only baseball team - the esteemed LA Dodgers, baby! I didn't become a hopelessly devoted, my "blood runs Dodger Blue" fan until probably about 1967 at the ripe old age of 8 (we lived near the stadium and sat in general seating weekly, it seemed.) My step-grandmother - who lived next door - was inseparable from her Dodger radio broadcasts and baseball almanac until the day she died. I will always be grateful to that set of grandparents for instilling in me my love of America's greatest past time, thus my blood still runs "Blue" to this day. Will never forget my all time heroes, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Davis, Maury Wills, Willie Mays, Willie Davis (The Willies!) Then in the 70's, the infield dream team, Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes, and Steve Garvey, with Steve Yeager behind the plate, Tommy Lasorda at the helm, and batting heavyweights Dusty Baker and Reggie Smith. Also and not to be neglected in mention, pitching strengths Don Sutton, Andy Messersmith, Burt Hooten, Tommy John, as well as Charlie Hough and Terry Forster who finished out a solid decade of successful Dodger ball. Those were some great years in Dodger baseball. (I do have a recently acquired soft spot for the the Rox and Dbacks. Truth be told, in baseball, it's all good!)
Wow you were lucky to have those terrific teams, those Walt Alston teams were winners (don't forget Gil Hodges) and tef, yes indeed, Sandy was the man. My favorite was the Say Hey kid, Willie Mays. Here's hoping Mark Walter, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, and Magic can bring back the Magic to Dodgerblue, it's good for baseball. Spring fever - catch it!
And thanks for not ragging on me! I live in Giants country, so I get it a lot! Just like Boise State and Fresno State are college football rivals. I have a Boise State car magnet on my car only because one of my daughter's attended there. But I have to remember to take the magnet off the car every year when Boise comes to town!
The start of the baseball season is definitely a favorite time of year! It may seem strange, being a Massachusetts kid, but my favorite team, The Boston Red Sox, were not always the team I rooted for. That's because when I was a little boy, the Red Sox, plain and simple, stunk. Always that last place team. That all changed in 1967 when the Dream Team won the AL Championship against the Twins and went on to play the St. Louis Cardinals and that pitcher Bob Gibson. As I recall, he won three of the four games in the Series and the Cards beat the Sox in a series that went 7 games. Gibson was lights out. He really was a great pitcher in his heyday. Of course, The Sox got to even up the post season matchups with the Cards in 2004 when they beat the Cardinals four straight to win their first Championship in 86 years.
The team I rooted for as a kid....the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sandy Koufax was my favorite player (not Ted Williams).
One of my fondest memories is of my Dad listening to the Cardinals on the radio because it was the closest major league team to Little Rock. We kidded him because he often fell asleep while listening to the games. He had played minor league ball prior to World War II; however, he was too old to continue his career when he returned home. He coached American Legion teams and volunteered as an umpire. I remember sitting in the stands and crying when someone yelled at him. He scouted for the Mets for many years with some shorter stints with the Yankees, Phillies, and Royals.
In another post, I have written about the emotional experience I had when I discovered he had a contract with Louisville Slugger and I was able to order a bat made to his specifications with his signature on it.
When we travel, we try to attend games during baseball season. If it is off season, we try to tour the ballpark. We recently got to see the Razorbacks play 3 games in Minute Maid Park in Houston. I'm sure that was an exciting experience for the team. They also play in one of the best collegiate ballparks in the country.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack....and you need to bring plenty of $$$$ these days.
Ok, thanks gang - there's goes today's productivity.
Pluto - Stargell played for Pirates also - part of "We are Family" that beat my surrogate team Orioles in WS after being down 3 games to 1.
Razorback - Terrific story. Scouts really know their stuff. I coached a player who plays for U of Miss. - he loves Baum, he's a pull hitter and likes that short left field fence.
SS - I coached a player who will be coaching (man, am I old) with the famous John Schiffner and the Chatham Anglers (the movie Summer Catch). If my schedule permits I'm going to try and see some games, I'll be looking for some lobster hangouts. Boy, we could sure use some more Roberto's - great player and great man.
All right, back to work for me, I've got to pay for my Marriotts.
Ah yes the Chatham Athletics and now Anglers -- our favorite CC summer league team.
Love the Cape League with its wooden bats. I even sat in the press box on one of those nights at Veteran's field when the fog rolled in and game was suspended. What is your friend's name so I can say hello this summer?
PS we were there when one of the A's hit a ball that with one bounce smashed the window of the fire truck in the station--gotta be close to 478 feet--away. Thurman Munson was the hitter.
Mike McMenamin - bullpen coach and a great kid out of VaTech (no knocking Boise St. here, Pluto).
I'll make certain he has a copy of your book (which is in route to me from Amazon - due tomorrow), so he'll know he's in the presence of a
talented raconteur and perhaps the next Robert Ludlum. It's perfect for him since he's from DC, living in Chatham and 22 years old, similar to your main character. Thanks for looking out.