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The bar moves to a new location!
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I had this posted at another site originally.

The house we rent has a bar in the basement.  Over the 11 years we have lived here, I have added more and more stuff to the collection.



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The autographed balls are from the 2001 All-Star Fanfest. From left to right, top to bottom rows, they are:

Top - Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Lou Brock

Middle - Robin Roberts, Minnie Minoso, Dom DiMaggio, Tony Oliva, Dale Murphy, Orlando Cepeda

Bottom - Rico Carty, Tommy John, Graig Nettles, Don Larsen, Rupe Jones, Charlie Lea, Vida Blue

The bobbleheads to either side are Willie McCovey (l), and Orlando Cepeda (r).



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Next are some assorted lineup cards, Some are the smaller sized cards they exchange before the game at home plate. The larger ones are the cards you see posted on the dugout wall during the game.

The large one on the far right was from a Mariners-White Sox game. It was the White Sox' card, so I got it signed later by Manager Jerry Manuel.

One of the other was from a Mariners-Braves contest, in which Gil Meche outdueled Greg Maddux for a 2-1 win.



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Next up is all kinds of odds and ends.

To the left is my autographed Willie May card. Next to it (in the ball box) is an old American League ball (year unknown, but it does have Lee McPhail's printed sig as league president.

Behind it is a Lindsey Nelson/Ralph Kiner bobblehead.

Behind the bobblehead are three balls, in cases. They're signed by Apollo Anton Ohno the Olympic speed skater, New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson (former UW star) and former Seahawks wide receiver/current local news anchor (yes, news. not sports), Steve Raible.

The boxed bobblehead to the right is a 2001 All Star Cal Ripken Jr. The basketball player bobble further to the right is Brent Barry.

On the 7-Up tray, in the front, third from the right, is an official 1999 World Series ball.

To the right of the tray is a Sonics headband, game worn, by guard Flip Murray. To the right of the headband is a Nick Collison bobblehead (boxed).



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Next, we go behind the bar.

Up top, we have a repro tin Ted Williams Moxie soda pop sign.

The lamp is a Canada Dry collectable. The three autographed photos are Juan Gonzalez, Tony Gwynn and Gary Sheffield.

The row of baseballs are signed by (l-r): George Brett, Ozzie Smith, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Ernie Harwell, Frank White and Frank Thomas.

I won the two NBA basketballs in card company sweepstakes. The top one was signed by Joe Smith. The bottom one is an NBA Finals ball, from the year Seattle played the Bulls.



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More from the bar. This is off to the right of the bar, against the side wall.

The three rows of baseballs include:

Top - Reggie Jackson, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr. (2001 All Star ball), Frank Robinson, Merv Rettenmund, Al Bumbry, Bert Blyleven, Ron Santo, Orlando Cepeda, Orel Hershiser

Middle - Rickey Henderson, Kerry Wood, Juan Samuel, Willie Horton, Alan Trammell, Lance Parrish, Toby Harrah, Mike Shannon, Carlos Delgado, Bill Stoneman

Bottom - Johnny Pesky, Dewey Evans, Luis Gonzales, Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, Moises Alou, Tony Pena, Johnny Damon, Sandy Alomar, Sandy Alomar Jr.

It's kind of hard to tell but there are some in front (all Mariners):

Top - Don Baylor, Adrian Beltre

Bottom - Mike Cameron, Bret Boone, Ichiro (2001 All Star ball), Bobby Madritch, Julio Cruz, Rich Amaral

Down below:

Top - (Can't read the first two), Ellis Burks, Jose Cruz, Burt Hooten, Gary Sheffield, Armando Benitez, Desi Relaford

Middle - Claude Raymond, Esteban Loiaza, Magglio Ordonez, Jerry White, Shea Hillebrand, Jason Varitek, Chuck Knoblauch, Dan Gladden, Davey Lopes, John Cerutti

Bottom - Jimmy Price, So Taguchi, Tom McCraw, Boots Day, Tony Cloninger, Ray Fosse, Carlos Baerga, Mickey Hatcher, Rick Sutcliffe

The autographed baseballs are my pride and joy, representing a wonderful patchwork of superstars, stars, and even a few utility guys from the past 40 years (60, if you count Pesky).

It's amazing who you can run into at the ballpark. For 10 years, I read the baseball annuals that also listed coaches with the rosters, so I would know who to watch for. All of the retired guys were either coaching or broadcasting for various teams during the past 15 years.

One of the best was Bumbry. When I called to him as batting practice ended (he was coaching for the Indians), he waved for me to toss the ball down, then signed "Al Bumbry, Orioles, #1, 1973 A.L. ROY" with two exclamation points! I have always believed the old guys like being remembered.

Up and to the right, the baseball cards are:

Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Paul Molitor

Jerry Koosman ('69 Series, Game 5, "Koosman Shuts the Door"), Kirk Gibson, Frank Howard

Luis Tiant, Jim Fregosi, Joe Carter

Willie Wilson, Claude Raymond, Gaylord Perry

Below the cards are the game- and BP-used bats. They include David Justice, Raul Ibanez, Tino Martinez, Jeff Cirillo, Rusty Greer, Matt Stairs, Juan Encarnacion, Orlando Cabrera, Robin Ventura, Darrin Fletcher, David Segui and several others.

The A's hat was a gamer, worn by Hiram Boccachica.



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On the bottom row of hats was one that I took out for the picture below.

It's amazing what you can find at second hand and thrift shops. The hat was from a Paul Molitor 3,000 Hit celebration the Twins held.

I found it at a thrift store in Seattle. Molly was the M's hitting coach at the time, so I bought it ($1.99), took it down to Safeco Field, and got him to sign it!



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If you go back and look at the first picture, there is an item hanging on the wall in the top right corner.

It is a framed, hand-crafted sculpture.  Here it is:

 



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but wheres da booooooooooooze

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glc24 wrote:

but wheres da booooooooooooze


Dere is none. biggrin

Gourmet soda pops only.

I love root beer. My faves are Virgils, Berghoffs, Americana, and Sparky's.



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so than it taint a bar atall but a sody fountin. nothin but sour mash and tequila at my bar exceptin for beer. not even no ice dont believe in it

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1969Astroman wrote:

so than it taint a bar atall but a sody fountin. nothin but sour mash and tequila at my bar exceptin for beer. not even no ice dont believe in it


"Sody fountin" works fine for me. smile

As I said, I'm a root beer kinda guy.



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I dont drink anymore anyway, but those days.....wait i dont remember

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Seajaw, you sure have alot of great signed balls, lots of my favorites. Not to mention you got Ichiro tending bar, very cool setup.

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whitesoxstrat wrote:

Seajaw, you sure have alot of great signed balls, lots of my favorites. Not to mention you got Ichiro tending bar, very cool setup.


Thanks.

There has actually been a lot of stuff added since those pics were taken.

I'll try to get some more pictures taken and posted sometime soon.



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