The nice ladies over at Dinged Corners are asking hard questions of us bloggers. Like Stats-On-The-Back, I decided to answer with a posting of my own.
1. If I didn't collect baseball cards, I'd collect vintage postcards. I already have a collection, mostly postcards featuring The Cliff Walk in Newport RI. When I'm not known as Capewood, I'm known as Cliff Walk (my real name) so you can see why I might be interested in these. Especially when they have captions like this one.
2. My baseball heroes include one you probably wouldn't know from my blog or comments, and that person is Jim Eisenreich. Jim has Tourette's Syndrome, a little known inherited neuropsychiatric disorder. In order to play baseball, he had to take medication which at time would incapacatate him. In spite of this, Jim helped lead the 1993 Phillies to the World Series. He and his wife operate the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette's Syndrome.
3. Every New Years I resolve to do what with my collection? Actually, I don't make New Year's resolutions about my collection. This year however I resolve to get my cards cataloged as I buy them rather wait until the end of the year. I got involved with trading over the internet with fwllow bloggers this year and it would have been easier if I knew what new cards I had.
4. If I could spend a day with one person from baseball history, it would be Richie Ashburn. Growing up in Philadelphia I listed to Ashburn do color on Phillies broadcasts for years. I don't remember ever actually seeing him play but I must have. After I moved to Texas, I found out how to get a baseball card into the broadcast booth and the next time the Phillies came to town, I planned to try and get him to sign a card. But he passed away, on the road with the team, before coming back to Houston.
5. What is your favorite kind of dog? When I was a teenager, my parents bought my brothers and I a Keeshond for Christmas. She's my favorite kind of dog. Here is a picture of her at the dog groomers in 1973 just before all her fur was cut off. We never did a good job of brushing her. She lived to be 15 years old.
6. Who is your favorite baseball player? Mike Schmidt of course.
7. Who is your favorite team? The World Champion Phillies, of course.
8. What is your favorite baseball movie? Field of Dreams. The Natural is my second favorite.
9. What is your favorite baseball book?
10. What is your favorite card? I was chasing this card for years before finally winning an auction for this somewhat beat up version that I could afford. This is Mike Schmidt's rookie card.