Saturday, September 12, 2009

Old Times at Wrigley Field

One of my friends sent me this great old photo. It was taken down the left field line at Wrigley Field. It was taken in 1973 or 74, based on the players pictured.
Those players are Pete LaCock (left) and Tom Lundstedt (right). It probably was drizzling, based on the umbrellas. It was also probably in September, based on when these players actually were together with the Cubs.
I love the scorecards that the players are signing. I don't think most people even keep score anymore. Those appear to be the very simple 2 page folded heavyweight sheets, not the fancy mega-page scorebooks sold at parks now.
Those autograph seekers appear to be mostly kids, too. I'll bet these kids had no thoughts of resale value either. (With Lundstedt and LaCock, there wouldn't be much anyway.) I could have been one of those kids, just happy to get a real major league ballplayer to sign my scorecard.
I eventually got both of their autographs. I met LaCock just a couple years ago. I got Lundstedt's signature through the mail.
Pete LaCock and Tom Lundstedt at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL-Sept. '73 or '74.


MattR said...

I remember getting autographs of players with numbers like 72 and 65 during spring training games in Arizona. It was a thrill just to get anyone to sign a program. I wish I still had some of those.

Johngy said...

Those were the days. Days of innocence. Not to sound too old and bitter, because I am not really. Back then, getting Lundstedt or LaCock was just as cool as getting Madlock or Santo.