When I started blogging... I had so many ideas for posts. Six years later... the well is rapidly drying up and I'm honestly lucky if I come up with a creative, unique idea once a month.
I'm not exactly sure if today's post is completely unique... but I came up with it while listening to television theme songs with my students a few weeks ago. Ever since I was a wee little boy watching shows like Leave it to Beaver and Gilligan's Island... I've been a fan of television theme songs.
Today... I'm going to share my Top 5... along with some baseball cards that popped into my head while creating this list.
#1: Greatest American Hero
Hands down... this is my favorite television theme song. Yeah... I know it's cheesy. But just hearing the first few seconds of this song gives me goosebumps, takes me back to my childhood, and puts a smile on my face.
However... choosing a card to go with it was no easy task, because it's literally impossible to name the single greatest American hero in terms of sports.
Do you choose someone like Kirk Gibson who hit one of the greatest walkoff home runs in World Series history? Or maybe you go with a guy like Todd Frazier who once saved a man's life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver in a Pittsburgh restaurant. And what about all of the ball players who served in the United States armed forces and put their lives on the line for our country?
Do you see what I mean? It's an impossible task. Five guys literally popped into my head within the first minute... but I decided to go with Rick Monday.
On April 25th, 1976... the Chicago Cubs and Mr. Monday were visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the start of the fourth inning the following scene took place:
A father and son jump down from the left field stands and attempt to light the United States flag on fire. But at the very last second, Mr. Monday runs in, swoops up the flag, and saves it... just like a super hero would.
This is one of the most recognizable television theme songs on this list. I'm sure many of you could identify the show before the first word is sung. The show itself is one of my favorite comedies from the 80's and was part of a family tradition. Back in the day... every Thursday evening my family would gather around the television and watch The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Cheers. Good times.
In one of the episodes, Wade Boggs makes a guest appearance...
It's funny. My memory seems to get worse by the minute. But I can still remember all of those television episodes from my childhood where athletes make special appearances.
#3: Perfect Strangers
Another catchy tune that I memorized from my childhood. Although I don't remember much about this show... I do remember thinking one of the blondes was really attractive.
About the same time this show was getting popular... two guys in Oakland were gaining in popularity too:
1990 U.S. Playing Cards All-Stars #WCO
These days, they don't speak to each other, aren't friends, and in a sense are... Perfect Strangers.
#4: Growing Pains
With Growing Pains being the name of the show, I immediately thought of height. And when you think of height and baseball, Eddie Gardel is the first person that comes to mind:
1961 Nu-Card Scoops #426
#5: The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Originally... I had thought about going with the father/son duo of Ken Griffey Jr. and his father, since the show is about a father and his son. But then I watched this video... which actually includes the theme song... and the selection of Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre became an instant no-brainer:
These guys are awesome! Kinda makes me want to start a Beltre/Andrus PC. Unfortunately I could only find one card featuring just the two of them:
2011 Topps Diamond Duos #DD9
There are a bunch of memorabilia cards featuring these two, but they all include at least one other player.
Alright, you know the routine...
What are some of your favorite television theme songs?
Looking forward to reading your responses. If you're really bored... try to list the first card that comes to mind when you hear that song.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!