I'll feature a few of these over time, although posting may be sporadic or nil during our pre-holiday move to our new home.
One card I had actually never seen before features one of my all-time favorite baseball men. I had nearly named this blog after him in some way. This card is so generic, yet I love it. The non-descript hat, the scowl, the white sideburn...
|This one is a bit rough but that seems to fit the man.|
Sparky was the king of baseball to me. As a whippersnapper, I read his autobiography, "The Main Spark". Sparky won a couple of World Series, of course, while he was in Cincinnati.
A few years later, Sparky ended up in Detroit, and won another World Series.
My family had always gone to Cincinnati when I was young, to see the Reds. That's how I became a lifelong fan. Later, in my teens, my Dad and I made the trip up to Detroit many times. Sparky was still king in my book.
Dad and I used to hang out after the games at Tiger Stadium where the visiting team would walk out to their bus. I had a few encounters with big league players as a result. Dave Stieb smiled. Jim Rice scowled.
But what I most remember is the night that Sparky Anderson drove by and gave us a nice wave.
When Sparky passed away last year, it was - well - it was just a particularly sad one to absorb.