1966 Topps Baseball Wantlist

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thrift Store Bobblehead, or AKA Voodoo Doll for My Office

I rarely take a lunch at work-when I do it is usually every other week when I have to drive to South San Jose for a meeting with the County of Santa Clara. Nearby there are two thrift stores, really three,  that I try to stop by. These aren't really that fruitful as these are also the haunt of Cardboard Icons. This day was almost a bust but alas on the way out I spotted something I had to have. A little background before I show ya.

There are three SF Giants I despise. The first is the third but actually the easiest one to guess. Yep, Barry Bonds.

Whom is #2 you ask? Chili Davis
Why Chili Davis? He referred to the STL as a "cowtown." really?  Let us see who wins the cowtown award. shall we-SF has the
which is so big it can hold a Tristar show and Hempcon with space left over. St.Louis had the Arena, later called the Checker Dome where the Blues played, OK, it is very large. But it is no longer. However, the Cow Palace lives on-in San Francisco.

#1 Giant I despise-Jeffery "Hackman" Leonard, or "Wingy" as Whitey called him. The look on his 1985 Topps' card says it all. Why do I despise this numbskull? Watch the video for the clue and read this Article for a great look at the 1987 NCLS 

So what was the "find"? Ta Da-
Only a tasteless organization would put out a bubblehead with, you guessed it, "one flap down" .
So why would I buy, with our hard earned $$, this idiot's bobblehead? 
Because every time I start to not dislike the Giants I can look at my voodoo doll and remember the sweet victory in the '87 NCLS and why I must continue disliking the Giants. 

What did Whitey Herzog do about this numbskull?

Herzog remembers it well.

"'Wingy' (as Herzog called Leonard) was bouncing around those bases," said Herzog. "I had gone up to Forschie the day before and said, 'You pitching tomorrow?' Forschie didn't say anything but the next day he hit Leonard right in the butt. That kind of put a kibosh on that stuff a little bit. It might have been a turning point."

What happened in Game 3 the next day?

Giants, playing at home, took a 4-0 lead after three innings, with Leonard homering for the third time and flapping for third time. Veteran Bob Forsch, relieving, had seen enough and hit Leonard with a pitch the next time he batted. All but applauding, the Cardinals rallied for six runs in the sixth and seventh, with Jim "Lucky Lindy" Lindeman homering for two runs and Coleman singling in two more. Todd Worrell posted a three-inning save.

Game 3 • Cardinals 6, San Francisco 5

There you have it. Not bad for $6.

All St.Louisan All-Star Team

A quick post today-I will be posting some great cards sent by reader Dave and Nacho Grande’s Archives group break as well as whatever I pick up this weekend at the Serramonte show. Since I haven’t much interest in the All-Star Game, in spite of it “counting”, and I don’t believe fans should vote-there I said it. In honor of the upcoming All-Star game in Cincy I thought I would put forth an all St. Louisian All-Star team. These may not be actual official All-Stars but one player at each position (assuming there is one) from the STL.

Catcher- Joe Garagiola. (Career .257 BA, 42 HRs, 255 RBIs)  Joe played 9 years in the Majors most of which with his hometown Redbirds. Joe a childhood friend of Yogi Berra would make his name in sports broadcasting.  I couldn’t really pick between the two so we have a Co-All-Starr in HOFer Yogi Berra (Career .285 BA, 358 HRs, 1430 RBIs, and 13 World Championships). 


First Base-Ryan Howard (Career .264 BA, 345 HRs, 1085 RBIs, NY ROY, and 1 World CHampionship). Really the number one choice for First Base. Runner up-Nate Colbert (Career .243 BA, 173 HRs, 520 RBIs) He gets runner up status for sporting some killer facial hair and those ultra-cool old school Padres unis.

Second Base-OK, this is a stretch with his being born in Germantown, IL some 39 miles from the STL, but I have to go with HOFer Red Schoendienst (Career .289 BA, 2449 hits, 773 RBIs, 5 World Championships). As of this writing he still goes to the ball park nearly every day.

Third Base-Easy choice here. Bill Mueller (Career .289 BA, 2449 Hits, 773 RBIs, and 1 World Championship)

 Outfield #1 Mike Shannon (Career .255 BA, 68 HRs, 710 Hits, 367 RBIs, and two World Championships). Mike while a solid ball player is most known as the play by play announcer for the Redbirds. If you haven’t listened to him you should because he is of the old generation announcers-“Well, he did everything right to get ready for the throw, but if ya ain't got the hose, the water just won't come out”

Outfield #2 The first African-American on the Yankee’s roster, Elston Howard (Career .274 BA, 167 HRs, 762 RBIs, and 6 World Championships).

Outfield #3. Going with fan favorite here-Bernard Gilkey (Career .275 BA, 118 HRs, 546 RBIs).

Starting Pitcher-Easy choice here too, recent no-hitter and all. Max Scherzer (Career 99-55 Record, 3.44 ERA, 1444 Ks, AL Cy Young)

Runner’s up-Jerry Reuss (Career 220-191 record, 3.64 ERA, 1907 Ks, and one World Championship) and Ken Holtzman (Career 174-150, 3.49 ERA, 1601 Ks, and 3 World Championships).
 RP/Closer- Jason Isringhausen (300 Saves, 3.64 ERA, 830 Ks)

 Coaches-a tie here between Dick Williams (Career 1,571–1,451, and 2 World Championships), and Earl Weaver (Career 1,480–1,060, and 1 World Championship). Or course Whitey Herzog is from a little far in Illinois from STL to be counted.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Quick Post to pimp contest at Waiting 'til Next Year

I am still here. As the fiscal year winds down my blogging life will get better. There is a super easy contest at Waiting 'til Next Year. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"another Contest for you all

Hi Everyone,  The Card Papoy is having a contest to celebrate the blog's anniversary. Join in! and Happy Anniversary!