“A dirty chain ain’t half bad,” mulled Slapstick Sam. “Keeps a stranger from flying over the handlebars, keeps the links together.”
The air was thick, but it wasn’t summer, no swimming through molasses decisions needed, to move or not to move. It was almost winter and a few pitchers had already signed nice free agent contracts, a small trade here-talk of bigger trades there. Talk of January being mild, of the Sanitary Commissioner stepping down, of old Slapstick Sam unveiling his stack of basketball cards, the tall ones, from the early 70’s including the Lew Alcindor rookie and the sound of sweet Lew turned minds to Maury Wills and his 104 stolen base season, of him only getting caught 13 times, helped Slapstick Sam sleep well and he woke up good and ready, strong coffee wondering if Sadaharu Oh hit 868 homeruns, than maybe Josh Gibson hit 900 or some unknown league in Liechtenstein housed a gunner who hit 40 inside the parkers for 30 years which adds up to 1200 if these moon time calculations are accurate.
But back to that dirty chain, Slapstick Sam had his eyes on a girl. She went by the name Calypso the Copperfield, named after the magician, and she could dance, on a pogo stick or a unicycle, it didn’t matter, she had the stroke, in dirty water or high blue skies, she had the grace, that knowing she wasn’t supposed to be and so her and Slapstick Sam wandered into a wintery night and the smell was right, the wood burning and crispiness of it all December, but they turned back anyway and settled down on their cabin sofa, on a love seat, and flipped on a rerun of some old regular season game…the rib and ridicule of the play by play and color putting them at ease, glad to be alive for another night.
December 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm
I love this story almost as much as I loved those basketball cards. I think my Otto Moore was the favorite–he was kneeling, and the layout of the card made it look like it was six-eleven too.
December 6, 2020 at 7:08 pm
W.K…..I’d like to see some retros using that layout of say, Mark Eaton or Randy Breuer.
December 9, 2020 at 10:02 am
December 10, 2020 at 4:54 pm
Mokeski and Breuer, a poor man’s wonder bread twin towers.
December 26, 2020 at 9:51 am
Lew Alcindor to Maury Wills to Sadaharu Oh to Josh Gibson is sheer poetry!
December 27, 2020 at 9:57 am
Your praise is poetry. Thanks Jackie.