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Exciting Delivery During Lockdown

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 15, 2020

As I wander through the wilderness searching for blog content I happened upon an unsolicited letter from Sir Diggity Dig of DigDawg Town. Here were the contents:

Screenshot 2020-05-15 at 6.45.07 AM

Now, the first thing you’ll notice is that the germ-x bottle is covering one of the cards. I promised Diggity I wouldn’t reveal the identity of that one for a few days (kind of our version of that incredibly terrible show The Masked Singer). But that reveal is coming and it’ll be more content so you should be happy I’m spreading this over two threads.

The second thing I noticed is that Ed Halicki looks like a young Zumiee.

Third thing: the Gary Thomasson card was, I think, the first baseball card I ever owned.

Three Thrill’s and a Phil Nastu?

And when you guys see who the Germ-X is covering (by the way, what’s up with the 99.99% of germs killed? Why not a hundo?) you will all appreciate this collection as much as I did.


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  1. willedav said, on May 15, 2020 at 7:22 am

    wow very cool stuff and thoughtful gift. Things like that sure help make your day.

    Other than masks I haven’t bought anything online. Have some gift cards from coaching so broke down and ordered couple jazz CDs–Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron and Blue Note date for drummer Pete LaRoca Sims that featured Joe Henderson.

    Too bad about Bob Watson, really good hitter for long time with Stros. As GM for Yanks he hired Joe Torre iirc.
    Clicking through sports related channels yesterday saw Ryan Theriot at bat for LSU playing against Stanford in College WS.

    Sorting through old books found slim one from 1991 “My Greatest Day in Baseball” edited by Eliot Cohen. First one I read Billy Williams went 8-8 with sac fly in a DH at Wrigley vs. Houston.
    Also found Calvin and Hobbes collection, pretty funny stuff. Comics sections years ago were better too.

  2. djloo27 said, on May 15, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Is Phil Nastu under the Germ-X bottle?

    • Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:03 am

      no. What’s under the germ bottle will remain a secret until Diggity gives me the signal to unmask.
      Nastu is 3rd to the right in the Future Stars card

  3. chipower9 said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Very cool, Flav…way to go SanDawg. Love it, and looking forward to the unveil of the masked card.

    And agree on the Ed Halicki / Zumiee similarities.

    I get my sled back today. She’s been in the shop for for three weeks for her 1k service, and to add some accessories, some of which were back-ordered. I am chomping at the bit to get in the wind!

    Have a wonderful Friday and good weekend, all. Anyone watching live golf this weekend?

  4. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Still bummed my mom threw out 3 shoeboxes worth of baseball cards I had collected during the 60s and 70s.

    I didn’t collect very avidly, I just slowly amassed lots of cards. After I moved to Colo, she moved, and tossed all those and a bunch of old concert/rock and roll t-shirts i had. Dear old mom was an anti-hoarder.

  5. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Who are the guys on the futures card? And what year is that? 1973?

    • Macdog said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:50 am

      Greg Johnston and Dennis Littlejohn, 1980.

  6. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    I remember Littlejohn. Catcher iirc. Greg Johnston? No recollection.

  7. Bozo said, on May 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Are we guessing on the masked card?

    • unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Sure, but with no clues, the field is pretty wide open. I’m going with Joe Pettini.

      • chipower9 said, on May 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

        And I am going with Joe Mama. Or maybe it is Angie Daddy.

    • Bozo said, on May 15, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      I’m going with Leonard, I almost went Humm Baby because no one ever seems to mention ol’ Roger much, but I’m sticking with 00..

  8. sandog said, on May 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Nice call on Zumi/Halicki look-alike!

    I did a major cleaning/organizing of my old cards at he beginning of Covid. I have big box sorted and ready to sell/donate when possible. All the ones I’m keeping will go in one big binder. Quite a trip going down memory lane going through all those cards. I used to study those suckers like crazy.

    Love the Halicki in action look and Candlestick in its full chain-link glory in the background.

    Well played Flav—I will flash the Bat Signal when the coast is clear!

  9. willedav said, on May 15, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    wow trying to look up some bio stuff on Monmouth guy Ed Halicki, there is a link to sullybaseball.wordpress.com that shows Topps 1980 card of our hero and brief story about him from April 10 2017.

    Watching retro Suns playoff game 1992, featuring Kevin Johnson Ced Ceballos (good announcer these days) tom Chambers, looked up the roster and found Steve Burtt. Warriors had drafted him couple years before, he washed out and wound up in CBA, played college ball at Iona where Rick Pitino now is coaching , pending fallout from ongoing Louisville stuff.

  10. Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    yes it would be RAD if you guys guessed on the masked card. Fire away. In fact if you guess it correctly I will buy ALL your beers the next game we go to

  11. zumiee said, on May 15, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Ed Halicki and I, separated at birth!…..sort of…..

    • willedav said, on May 15, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Jersey guy, still alive, about a year older and foot taller than I am. Was trying to find out if he played any b-ball in younger days, HS or college.

      • Macdog said, on May 15, 2020 at 1:16 pm

        Halicki also played hoops at Monmouth, he’s among their all-time leaders in points and rebounds, although he played before they went D-1.

  12. willedav said, on May 15, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Jack the Ripper on lower right, correct? His last season for Giants in 1984 we were at April 11 game when he got walk off single in 10th off Kent Tekulve to beat Pirates 2-1. I used to wear 3 ring black Pirates hat a lot in those skinnier days, and wore glasses all the time that adjusted in sun to play softball, so I used to get called Kent a lot.
    Pirates reliever that took the L that day was Cecilio Guante, cool name since in Spanish guante means glove.

  13. Macdog said, on May 15, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I’ll guess Jim Hart for the mystery card.

    • sandog said, on May 15, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Strong. Not correct, but strong. JRH will factor into this conversation at one point, so stay tuned.

  14. willedav said, on May 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    wow thx Mac for Halicki info. Reading this book about “My Greatest Day in Baseball”, the one told by Andre Dawson was for August 1 1987. He hit 3 HRs on a day it was 95 and humid and Cubs won 5-3 over phils.
    In the accompanying box, cubs SS that day was Paul Noce, local kid out of Sequoia HS (like Warrior guard Charles Johnson 1975 team) who only spent that one season in majors except for 1 AB for Reds.

    I was on softball team mid 80s that played at Hawes park in Redwood City and practiced off Roosevelt Rd. near where Niners practiced then. guys who were on that team knew Noce though I didn’t. wonder if any locals here like Unc or Alley Kat knew the guy?

  15. Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    so far excellent guesses on the mystery card. And you can guess more than once. No limit actually. If any of you get this i’ll be impressed big time. And you’ll be drunk

  16. xoot said, on May 15, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    So far they’re all white, so just a hunch. I think Rod Beck, JT Snow or Jeff Kent are candidates. I’ll go with Shooter.

  17. sandog said, on May 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    My college roommate, who played hoops at both Sequoia and Woodside, used to talk about Paul Noce.
    Played hs hoops against Jim Harbaugh as well. He has lots of great stories from athletes in that era. Said Tommy Hart was the coolest guy and would give away a lot of swag to local kids.

  18. Winder said, on May 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    My one and only guess. Vida Blue. And just in case, I quit drinking years ago so it won’t cost you a thing.

    • sandog said, on May 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Quality guess, but no.

    • Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      intrinsic glory is all you really need in life.

  19. Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve asked Diggity to stop shooting down the guesses just because if he goes that route he has to shoot them all down not just some of them. So fire away and we’ll sift through them all, hopefully he gives me a smoke signal to unmask by tomorrow

  20. xoot said, on May 15, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Last time we visited Stix, the federal circuit court had just ordered the Elkton facility to comply with the lower court’s injunctive order which read: identify all prisoners particularly vulnerable to CV19 and move em out, now, you assholes. The feds submitted a list of 837 such prisoners to the court. Their court filing is embedded in this article. If you go into the pdf of the filing and type ctrl/f and search for clausen, you’ll see that Stix is on the list of 837.


    • xoot said, on May 15, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      oh, I realize my guesses aren’t exactly in the focus decade. I’ll switch to Dave Dravecky.

    • Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      so that’s great news, right? They wouldn’t put a dead man on that list.

      • xoot said, on May 15, 2020 at 5:25 pm

        that’s setting the bar for good news pretty low. lulz.

        Stix was due to be released to a half-way house this month, if I remember correctly from one of the letters from him that you posted on the blog. You’d think he’d be in some place like that, now, or maybe back with his family. But who knows.

  21. djloo27 said, on May 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Dave Heaverlo?

  22. Bozo said, on May 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Pedro Borbon?

  23. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    So, there are no more clues than the fact that we are working in the 70s to 80s?

    • Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      I think saying this card is from the 70’s is a bit misleading. You could say that, I guess. The person on this card definitely dominated his peers during that time period, maybe into the 80s a little, too

  24. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Well, I’ll go out on a limb and guess Yamid Haad. If you got one of his cards, that would be really cool.

  25. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Dawg, I used to see the old Niners at Harry’s Hof Brau near Sequoia High where they used to practice. Also ran into Ronnie Lott, Jeff Fuller, and Don Griffin at Bel Mateo back in the day. Paul Noce doesn’t ring a bell.

  26. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on May 15, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Charlie, same story with me, I was away at college when my folks moved to a new place, and my Mom says she might have thrown out my shoeboxes full of baseball cards. *Might have* because she later remembered, “Oh, I think I gave them to your young cousins Mark and Michael”. Those cousins were sons of a Lutheran minister (meaning, not exactly rich), yet they both went to very expensive universities and drove cars that were never in my price range. I had some pretty cool old cards, many in very good condition. I’m still going with my cousins living high because they sold my cards for good coin. I know, not likely, but hey, gotta blame someone other than dear old Mom.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 11:28 pm

      Could be. A couple Pete Rose rookie cards got some coin in the day.

  27. Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    drama is unfolding between me and San Diggity as we argue about when to engage in the unmasking. I told him I want to do it as early as tomorrow am but he very sternly told me to “stand your James Clapper ass down”.
    Hey, I’m a reasonable man, I can wait.
    But I’m so excited for the unmasking!

  28. Flavor said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I lost all my baseball cards when my dad left my mom and we moved hastily into a new home. Lost my family and my cards. So I was doubly disappointed.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on May 15, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Double ouch

  29. zumiee said, on May 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Astrid Kircherr passed away this week. I mentioned her recently. She was the German girlfriend of Stu Sutcliff, brief member of the Beatles; John’s best friend who passed away young.
    Astrid changed the Beatles hairstyle and helped shape their look.
    She took some great photos of the Beatles in Germany. The whole band loved her and her friend Klaus Voorman, whose path intersected the Beatles many times over the years.
    Astrid’s connection to the Beatles is depicted in the movie Backbeat, which I mentioned before.

  30. zumiee said, on May 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Astrid and Stu:

  31. Macdog said, on May 15, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I still have a shoebox full of cards. About half are from ’72-’73, including the Steve Stone card above (“Steve was a high school tennis champ.”). The cards from ’72 are from the back end of the set, but there should be way more and it pisses me off that I don’t have them. Since I retrieved these cards from my parents’ house, I’m guessing the rest of them got tossed. Damn.

  32. Winder said, on May 15, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I used to eat the bubblegum that came with em. Had lots of cards but never really took care of em. Lots of players ended up target practice with my BB gun. Never shot any Giants though no matter who they were.

  33. unca_chuck said, on May 15, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Willie McCovey? Did anyone guess that?

  34. unca_chuck said, on May 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Last guess. Joe Morgan.

  35. gianthead said, on May 16, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Im going Bill Madlock..

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