Thursday, October 04, 2007

Take me out to the ball game...

...or at least bring nine year-old me a genuine Major League baseball.

That's what a family friend with good connections did...



Pretty cool, huh? Even before throwing the first pitch I noticed it was autographed...




I look at the ball today and feel, well, superannuated. I remember these guys.

And I'm sure a fair number of you don't even recall Sandy Koufax....

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

my sister was "deeply in love" with Roger Maris and was so jealous of my older brother because he was able to get a seat behind home plate in one of Roger's games. of course... knowing my brother well, that could have been b-s Good for you! am enjoying your collection. you have any of your enemie`s heads shrunk and mounted on a pole, perhaps:)

Bud

Cheriann said...

WOW!!!
The only reason I've even heard of Sandy Koufax was because I read about him in a Stephen King novel... :) I'm horrible about sports!

MrScribbler said...

Bud -- What, me have enemies? Naaaaah.

Cheri -- I used to be a mondo baseball fan. Not much, now. It seems different.

sugarcane said...

The collection just keeps getting better and better. I swear that next time I'm in your neck of the woods, I'm gonna make you show me in person. And, yes, that is a threat... ha ha.

emd said...

Aw, man. How cool! That's a great ball!

Remember Sandy Koufax? He was my hero. My sixth grade teacher brought in a TV in 1963 during the World Series against the Yankees, and we watched him pitch the first game. I watched all weekend, and I remember the Examiner's front page headline on Monday: "SANDY DID IT!"

One of my favorite memories, Scrib. Thanks!

MrScribbler said...

emd -- My dad had access to Dodgers season tickets in those days, and I got to see Sandy pitch many times. Still a thrill.

Guess I don't have to ask you about Maury Wills, Steve Yeager or Big Lou Johnson, do I?

emd said...

Nope...or Wally Moon, Don Drysdale, Gil Hodges, Duke Snyder...

The first game I ever went to was when the Angels played in Dodger. I was so excited. Bo Belinsky was pitching and they were playing the Orioles. The Orioles won.

MrScribbler said...

emd -- I first saw the Dodgers when they still played at the Coliseum, and made every game I could at the new stadium.

I can still remember my mother's excitement when the Houston Astros came to town, as they had a player named Jim Wynn who, being from Texas as she was and having the same surname, she was certain was a relative.

Until she saw him take the field....

betty said...

Wow, you have a lot of neat things! Paul has a football from 1951 that the whole NY Giants team signed for him when he had Polio. Kyle Rote came to the hospital and gave it to him. I'll have to take a picture of it!

John said...

Dizzy Dean and Peewee Reese, wow, that's pure classic there.