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Date: Oct 8, 2015
Fun With Baseball (and Football) Cards

I have met a grand total of one Major League Baseball player in my life.  I probably was about eight years-old at the time and not yet a baseball fan.  I played little league, but only because everyone else did. 

My father and I were in a liquor store in Conesus, New York (near where my father grew up and went to college).  He introduced me to the store’s owner, Vic Raschi.  Figuring it was a big deal to meet a genuine big leaguer (albeit well-past his prime), I managed to create and retain a fuzzy snapshot of the former Yankee in my brain, which I can vaguely conjure up even today.  He was five years older than my father, but seemed much older.  (Coincidentally, they both died in 1988.)  I recall my father telling me something about Raschi’s World Series exploits, which I think related to his two World Series victories over the Dodgers in 1952. 

Raschi accomplished much more than besting the bums twice in ’52.  Raschi (aka “The Springfield Rifle”) was 120-50 in 7½ seasons with the Yankees, winning exactly 21 games in 1949, 1950 and 1951.  He led the American League in won/lost percentage in 1950 (.724) and in strikeouts in 1951 (164).  He pitched in six World Series and the Yankees won all of them (including five straight).

But that’s too much information for an eight year-old who just wanted to get back to his grandparents house (or on to Conesus Lake or some such destination) to play with the toys his mother’s parents gave him.  (His father’s parents’ presents ranged from nothing to itchy pull-over shirts that said eight year-old never wore.)

I’m sure said former baseball player was about as excited to meet me as I was to meet him, which is to say not at all.  Undoubtedly Vic just wanted to get back to selling the hard stuff to patrons who long ago ceased making a big deal about how he used to be the center of attention in the most famous stadium in baseball history.


Yeah, that’s him, officer.
No, he didn’t give me a lollypop.

-- Edited by boomer on Thursday 8th of October 2015 04:55:25 PM


Luxury Box Season Ticket Holder

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Date: Jan 12, 2016

boomer wrote:


I’m currently watching a replay of the 1975 Ohio State vs. Penn State game.  The “color” commentator for the game was Max McGee.  Colorful, indeed.  He was most (if not exclusively) famous for scoring the first ever touchdown in Super Bowl history . . . while hung-over . . . wearing a teammate’s helmet (because he had left his in the locker room).

For good measure, Max caught another touchdown pass from game MVP Bart Starr in the third quarter.  The Packers defeated the Chiefs 35-10.

As the back-up flanker to the great Boyd Dowler, Max probably figured the odds of him needing either a level head and/or his protective headgear that day were not worth losing sleep over . . . literally.  Max had partied until 4 AM the night before.  Even the legendary curfew-breaker Paul Hornung had to bag out on Max that night.  But when Dowler went down with a leg injury early in the game, Max got (and answered) the call to arms from Vince Lombardi.  The rest, as they say, is history.

There should have been a lesson in there somewhere, I suppose.  Always be prepared.   Get good night’s rest.  Oh, and bring your helmet while you’re at it.   But I guess things don’t always work out the way they should.  Isn’t that right Max?


This Friday, the NFL Network will air the first-ever Super Bowl from way back in 1967.  It has been cobbled together from the original TV audio and NFL Films footage.  I assume this will be similar to the "Ice Bowl" recreation, which was assembled using NFL Films footage and a radio broadcast.  I never liked NFL Films' semi-slow motion filming method.  It makes the players look slow and lethargic.  Artsy, but a bit dull.  I hope the film will be sped up a bit, but I doubt it.  Anyway, slow motion or not, sit back and enjoy Max McGee's finest hour (or two).

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