I was in an elevator tonight and for most of my life, I thought of elevators as Otis Elevators. Like Kleenex or QTips. But this elevator was called Turnbull. And for the first time in forty years, I thought of Leafs defenceman Ian Turnbull. Right-handed shot, lots of hair, no helmet.
One of my favourite baseball names is Minnie Minoso. He was a dark-skinned Cuban who had his first at bat only two years after Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier. But it was two years later that he became a regular. And he had a Hall of Fame type career.
It’s an under-reported part of baseball history. Black Cubans had a chance between 1947 and 1959. A whole century of baseball talent was lost because of politics.
My wife sent me a video link. Expo superstar Ellis Valentine was a featured actor on a 1978 episode of Fantasy Island.
There was a pitcher on the Yankees named Urban Shocker. That’s my favourite.
In the fifties, there were three teams in New York. Each had a star centre fielder. Their names were Duke Snider, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. How is that possible?
Hank Aaron was first in the alphabet and first in home runs. For decades. Out of ten thousand people.
Dizzy Dean once predicted that he and his brother Paul, another pitcher, would win fifty games in one year. The reporter asked Dizzy how many he would win. He said, all the ones Paul don’t.