One of the regulars was Bob whose trademark was a fanny pack that held his wallet and his weekly trade bait. After the own ran National Pastime into the ground, I never saw Bob again.
Then last weekend, I was flipping through some scans looking for something to write about... when I came across the 1969 Topps card of Joe Schultz.
For those who aren't familiar with Mr. Schultz, he was the first and only manager in Seattle Pilot's history. Technically Dave Bristol was hired as the second manager in the team's history, but by the time he managed his first game, the team had switched cities and names.
Anyways... getting back to Card Shop Bob... as soon as I turned over the Schultz and saw the awesome caricature staring back at me... I instantly thought of Bob and his famous fanny pack... which proves that baseball cards truly hold secret powers.
All jokes aside... I was blown away that a drawing on a trading card was able to stir up memories of a fellow collector I hadn't thought of in over two decades.
By the way... this card also inspired me to purchase Ball Four yesterday by Jim Bouton. I just downloaded the Kindle version onto my iPad and look forward to reading about his relationship with Joe Schultz and other coaches, teammates, and players from that era.
Well that's it for now. I hope you're all enjoying your week. Happy Thursday and sayonara!