A Look Back - 1975 Topps (Vol. 1 - Frank Tepedino)

A Look Back - 1975 Topps (Vol. 1 - Frank Tepedino)

It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon so I went into the attic and milling around I found an old box of 1975 Topps baseball cards.

As I started to flip through this box of common cards from long ago, cards that I probably sorted a million times as a kid, I wondered if I would discover the cards of any former New York Yankees…

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They Called Him Stretch

They Called Him Stretch

My favorite baseball player ever died this month. Perhaps that is a rite of middle aged American male passage. Willie McCovey was a gigantic left-handed slugger who hit his first home run when Eisenhower was President and George Christopher was mayor of San Francisco, the city where McCovey played most of his career. He hit his last home run for the Giants when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Dianne Feinstein was our mayor. During his very long career, McCovey was often overshadowed by his more famous teammate with whom he shared a home state, Alabama, and the same first name. McCovey was not as good as Willie Mays, but almost nobody ever was. Nonetheless McCovey a formidable power hitter. When he retired in 1980 McCovey’s 521 career home runs tied him with Ted Williams for second most ever by a left handed hitter. At that time, the only player with more round trippers from the left side of the plate was Babe Ruth.

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New York Sports Tours - Initial Reaction (A+)

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure to participate in a comprehensive tour of Manhattan through New York Sports Tours.  (I will post a detailed review of this fantastic experience within the next few days.)

My initial reaction of the entire experience can be summed up in one word - "Wow!"  Everything was first-rate.  The quality of the program was tremendous.  Every sport is discussed on the tour - not just baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  The tour also explains how sports plays a role in the history of New York - and the USA.  Every participant on the tour learned new things.  It was a shared experience, full of information, learning, and fun.  

The dinner at Keens at the conclusion of the tour was a particular highlight.  Yesterday, we had the joy of spending time and conversing with long-time Yankees publicity director and author Marty Appel.  What a highlight!

This is a venture in which every New York sports fan should participate.  New York Sports Tours is a must-see experience in the city.  It earns an A+.  

More to come...

Brooks, Yaz, and Carlton Fisk

Brooks, Yaz, and Carlton Fisk

Today is National Baseball Card Day.  I figured it was a great day to re-publish this story.  This was originally published on my personal blog (www.drpaulsem.com) and it is found in my book of essays titled Impossible is an Illusion.

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