I put together my Baseball Dream Team w many alternates and Honorable Favorites and Honorable Mentions. These are all Cardinals, my hometown team, but if you wish to play along, you can use any player you want, any team, mix and match. I just kept to the Cardinals. I may try to do a non-Cardinals team later, but his was the most fun for the moment. Comments or your own team?
My Dream Team
Rogers Hornsby - 3D Backup: Ken Boyer
Red Schoendienst - 2ND Backup: Frankie Frisch Honorable Favorite: Julián Javier
Joe Torre - C Backup: Ted Simmons
Ozzie Smith - SS Backup: Marty Marion
Orlando Cepeda - 1B Backup: Jack Clark Honorable Mention: Ripper Collins Honorable Favorite: Will Clark
During the 68 riots Willie Mays came into my Grandfather's Barber Shop. Many of the ballplayers went there. The thing was, blacks were being kicked out of a lot of places, especially barber shops. He asked if he could get a haircut and Grandpa said that he would be welcome, but they weren't trained in cutting that type of hair. Without getting too Un-PC, there are differences. When many protested places that refused service, Willie said that he understood and that was fine. Gramps called him a real gentleman. Funny, this is going back to the thirties on this next thing. The only one Grandpa would let touch the register was a black worker who was a reformed bookie. Grandpa trusted his shoe shiner over the other barbers.