Baseball Cards and Imagination
March 31, 2014
by William Szczepanek
Did you ever go somewhere or see something that made the past jump back into your mind from decades ago — something that helped you remember things that you never thought you would ever remember again? Sure, we all have.
Through movies and old broadcasts we get pictures of the past
that were gone, but not forgotten, like the old TV broadcast of the
1960 Pirates Yankees World Series Game Seven that Bing
Crosby hid away. Watching that game brought back much of the
time and the essence of the game back then.
You Tube is a remarkable tool for going back in time, but how about going back to a game between the Cubs and Dodgers from 1957 and have the opportunity to listen to the game without knowing the outcome. I now know the outcome, but didn’t when I began to listen to it. Combine this with the images of baseball cards of the time, which many remember more so than the actual player and you have just about the perfect time machine.
So pull up the covers and crank up the volume on your mobile device and picture in your mind what Vin Scully describes and you will be in the same place as thousands of fans who did just the same in 1957.
Vin Scully broadcasting a complete game from Ebbetts Field is a work of art. The date is June 4, 1957. The starting pitchers are Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers and fireballing Dick Drott of the Cubs. That fact alone gives a huge advantage to the Dodgers, but remember that Koufax didn’t hit his prime until 1961 and his record from 1955 through 1960 was a losing 36-40. Dick Drott was a very promising rookie in 1957 and already had a 15 strikeout game that year, the record for a Cubs’ pitcher at that time, and Koufax struck out 13 Cubs in their previous meeting.
Now if you want to know the outcome then scroll to past the
pictures to the boxscore. If you would like to experience the
game again in mind blowing Scully-color then head over to this
You Tube video.
Close your eyes and just listen to Vin Scully, and the background noises of the game, the fans and the vendors. It’s not as easy as it used to be. Our minds have changed and the patience is gone, but if you had a good imagination, then the exercise can be very rewarding. Imagination is the key to creativity. Are we missing something today?
Batting order for today’s game:
Results of the Game
from Baseball Reference.com