The Aftermath: Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Where in the World is Ruthie, II

“Ballgame” drew beaucoup responses (some “amended” for purposes of a family-friendly document):

Tom Anderson: I think Bert Campaneris was #19. . . I’m guessing that #2 on deck was the “ever-dangerous” Angel Manguel who played some outfield.  I believe he became a “Sandinista” and helped bring Oliver North down!!!  Just kidding!!

I think Mr. Pohl is correct and the Yankees catcher is Thurman Munson. . .my guess was Graig Nettles at 3rd, however, if it was a year before he arrived in NY, it could be a guy named Cox. . .can’t remember his first name but he was supposed to be another Mickey Mantle. . didn’t make it.  Even though Dave Duncan was a catcher on the A’s at that time I think the guy in the picture is #36 which would have been Gene Tenace.

In any regard, great photos of the Met. . . brings back great memories of going to games there with my dad and the rest of the family. . . not many fans in the Griffith era though!!

Danny Thompson at short for the Twins did die of leukemia at age 29.  Little known fact about him. . . he teamed at SS with Alexandria’s own Rusty Rolandson at 2B for a two years in the minor leagues in St. Cloud in the Twins organization.  Don’t know if they had more double plays than the Deleski/Rolandson combination though!!!!

Seeing the photo of Bob Hawkins brings back great memories of a wonderful guy!!!  Always nice whenever you saw him.

Little know fact about me. . . I was the Clipper baseball batboy for about 5 years in the 1960s!!!

Mike Scarborough: I meant Brye, not Braun. Darwin wore #2…Zoilo was long gone by ’72. He played short for the pro softball team in ’73 or ’74—the “Goofies”, slow pitch. Their rover was my teammate who was also the SCSU basketball captain…he once threw out a runner at first from left center, what a frickin’ gun. He and I played “burnout” where one guy stands at first the other at catcher—throw as hard as you can and step closer to one another with each throw. After about 4 throws and with the rest watching I hollered “I quit! That was . . . smoke!” He was Smoke from then on..That summer we were 68-14, went all over MN and the Dakotas…

If it is 1972 that is probably Steve Braun in left field..As for that Bobby Darwin photo, didn’t Zoilo wear #2? Or was he 1? Maybe in ’72 he was gone…

Catcher is Gene Tenace..he played first and caught. Don Mincher was an A then, too…

Jim Pohl: Your baseball quiz.   In 1971, the A’s catcher would have been Dave Duncan, and I’m guessing the 1st base coach was the long-time Yankee’s 3rd base coach, Frankie Crosetti although it could be Quilici.  At the Yankee’s game in 1972 the catcher would have been Thurmon Munson, the 3rd baseman would have been somebody like Gene Michaels (one year later, it would have been Graig Nettles), and the Twins’ left fielder was probably Bobby Darwin, although it could have been Charley Manual.  Close?

Me: I have no idea?  But I think you done good!  Now, who was catcher for the ’86 Mavericks?

Jim Pohl: Ooo, ooo, I got this one.  That was Harley “Hard-Hands” Hattselford, who left after one year in disgrace after . . . made the tabloids.

Me: Correctomundo! Ole Harley was subsequently detached from his job as an investigator for MSHA when it was discovered he didn’t know what a “mine” was.

Crazy Dave: Just a bit of trivia…it isn’t Bobby Mercer…it’s Bobby Murcer.  Hell of a ballplayer and one hell of a man. Regards, Grantland Rice


1 – Chatel, France (1997, as are all the Europe sites); 2 – Chamonix, France, with Mount Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe) in the background; 3 & 4 – Vevey, Switzerland, on the north side of Lake Geneva, and where Charlie Chaplin moved (another story); 5 – Indianapolis – the Gophers were in the Final Four!; 6 – Central Park in Brussels, Belgium; 7 & 8 – Grand Place in Brussels; 9 – Chamonix; 10 – Manneken Pis, Brussels; 11 & 12 – ‘t Serclaes, Brussels – rub the bronze statue for luck and to keep in shiny; 13 – Chamonix; 14 – Lake Geneva (Lac Lemon) in Geneva; 15 & 16 – Chatel (home base in a chalet); 17 – Manneken Pis; 18 & 19 – Evian (the water source); 20 – Geneva; 21 & 22 – Yvoire, medieval town on the French side of Lake Geneva where the supervisor and Michelle bought hats; 23 – Thun, Switzerland (a storybook town); 24 – Zermatt, Switzerland; 25 – Baccarat, France; 26 – Brugge, Belgium (an all-time favorite); 27 – Thun; 28 & 29 – Jungfrau region @ Grindelwald w/ the Eiger, Monk, and Jungfrau Mountains; 30 – The Matterhorn; 31 – Newseum, Arlington, VA (now in D.C.); 32 – The Matterhorn; 33 – Netherlands-Belgium border; 34 – Netherlands; 35-37 – Ghent, Belgium. 

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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