Finding rare baseball cards that bring back memories
Daughter June handed me two baseball cards a few days ago. It has been years since I saw one of these. I used to collect them back when I was a teenager, along with a gang of other guys who were baseball fans around here. But I soon concentrated on stamps and gave my cards away, and these are the first I have seen in years. I wasn’t sure they even made them anymore.
Anyway, they are of Randy Milligan, a first baseman, who was with the Orioles from 1989 to 1992. He played with six major league teams, starting with the N.Y. Mets in 1987 and ending up with Montreal Expos in 1994.
According to the baseball stats we found on Wikipedia, he is now, or was, a scout for the Orioles. They nicknamed him “Moose” and is notable with the Orioles as hitting the first-ever grand slam in Camden Yards.
His overall statistics were not too bad: He had a .261 batting average; with 70 home runs, and 284 runs batted in with the majors. It was while he played in the International League that he won the batting title in 1989 with a .325 average and was tops in RBIs with 103.
While with the Orioles, his game-winning double that scored Cal Ripken on June 17, 1991, is shown in the Oscarnominated movie “A Few Good Men.” He was 33 when he retired from the majors.
Any of my reader-friends still collect baseball cards?
Oh, I forgot to say that he was a patient of my daughter June’s, in the hospital a couple years ago, and his wife, Joan, is a nurse at the same hospital. Randy autographed both cards for June.
••• drinks, but all the beer comes out of the taps without charge.
It was really a fine day for everyone and I will be out selling those Cash Bash tickets again next year.
••• IT WAS A “FLICKER” A faithful reader stopped me in the post office the other day to tell me that the red-breasted woodpecker I saw in our backyard pecking away at the ground was probably not a woodpecker, but a flicker.
He said they are almost identical to the woodpecker except when they fly off, you can see a white tail feather that the woodpecker does not have. And the flicker pecks intently in the ground looking for ants, his favorite, my reader-friend told me. He said they are always looking for ant hills.
I’m really glad to have so many intelligent folks that read this column every week.
••• TOO COLD FOR
BASEBALL The Sports Illustrated has a good column on its back page that I turn to before reading the issue. There was one by Steve Rushin a week or so ago where he asks, “What do you secretly like to dislike in sports?”
I agreed with his answer which was that the Major League Baseball season opens too soon. It seems to be cold in April with snow many times for some opening games.
In fact, I had opening day tickets thanks to the late Jack Dunn years ago, and we got up to a little snow on the ground. I thought, “Doggone it, I’m going to a baseball game, not a football game.”