Thanks for the thread JenEllen.
Baseball is my PASSION...even in these watered down days. Through the game (and it's literature) I've learned SO MUCH about people (and myself).
At school, I was so shy as to be virtually invisible, but through Little League and Pony and Babe Ruth League, I took on a completely different personality...outgoing, loud at times, analytical regarding how the game was played, and COMPETITIVE!
In Canada, after Babe Ruth league, came nuthin', so that was it for me. Oh, I got to go to a Cubs tryout camp in Montreal one year, threw three pitches and had two of them knocked over the wall by the tough inner-city French kids. Adios dreams!
I still read "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton ('bout 50 times now) and if my fanaticism is in doubt...I dedicted one of my albums to him! About 6 years ago while we were watching TV, the phone rang. Heather picked it up and spoke for about a minute, then passed it over to me saying, "It's some guy named "Bouton"...do ya wanna talk to him?" I Bloody near fainted!! Someone in New Jersey had seen the dedication on the album and told him about it, and he was calling to say thank you! I could have died happily right then.
Rick's Baseball Quizzzz Part one. The simple questions. If anyone gets into it, then harder ones will follow.
#1.What pitcher did Don Larsen beat in "the perfect game" of '56.
#2.Joe Carter took "the wild thing" over the wall for the championship in '92. Who was the "the wild thing"? Who was the losing Mgr.? Where does he manage today?
#3. What Dodger farmhand became a big TV star?
#4. What band hired musicians partly on their ability to play baseball?
#5. Two great baseball personalities came from "the Hill" in StLouis. Both were catchers. Both were funny. One tried to be. The other didn't. Name 'em.