Monday, February 12, 2018

NYT baseball obits

The New York Times does an exceptional job writing obituaries of famous baseball players.  Someone there must remember baseball cards from those halcyon days of the sport in the 1950's and 1960's.  Today there was one for Wally Moon, St. Louis Cardinals and L.A. Dodgers from 1954 to 1965.  His "moon shots" at the first L.A. stadium were famous at the time, just high pop ups straight down the left field line from a lefty.  The stadium was built for his late swings.  Moon's Topps cards were not that easy to get but not so difficult either.  They were perfect trading cards.

Last week there was the obit for Oscar Gamble, famous after the card frenzy days but still a notable player.  The remembrance was more about his hair than his game.  Gene Michael's, a few months ago, was about his managerial career of course, not his time as a shortstop.  He was a focused baseball man every day of his aware life.

This nostalgia type reading about deaths can be refreshing in the morning with coffee.  That sentence does not sound right.  Is that from some film.


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