Sunday, July 30, 2017
My useless knowledge game was strong as a 5-year-old
I loved baseball at ages 4 and 5, and my family always showed me off to their friends by asking me to name players and who they played for. I didn't think it was anything special, but now having a 5-year-old myself who can only name Babe Ruth, Tino Martinez, Michael Jordan, and Donald Trump, I guess it must've been pretty cool that I knew Kirby Puckett was a Twin and that Vince Coleman was a Cardinal.
For the record, I could also name all of the game show hosts and NASCAR drivers at the time too. It was like a dog trick, with my parents constantly peppering me with questions to impress onlookers.
"Hey, AJ, who is the host of Press Your Luck? Hey AJ, who drives the Folgers #6 car?"
Anyhow, Gary Ward was one of those guys I remember liking, along with Mike Easler, Jack Clark, Mel Hall, etc. Sort of randomish players, especially for a 5-year-old. I don't remember much about them, but I remember knowing of them and pretending to be them playing tee ball in the backyard.
Anyhow, Gary Ward was nice enough to sign 5 cards for me TTM. I normally don't send that many, and I actually asked him to keep a few, but he kindly signed them all.
Now I just need autos of Peter Tomarken and Mark Martin to really bring it all full circle.