Right around the corner of the Westin St. Francis (where we stayed) we found Lefty O'Doul's, a unique bar originally opened by and named for Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, a legendary baseball figure, especially on the west coast.
O'Doul played 11 seasons in the majors, managed 23 seasons in the Pacific Coast League and is a member of the PCL Hall of Fame. The Bridge across McCovey Cove at AT&T Park is named the Lefty O'Doul Bridge.
The bar featured a piano player up front, along with a comfort food-style buffet. It is a lively place, yet quiet enough to have a good chat (or in our case, a lengthened debate on Mark Buehrle's Hall of Fame credentials) with friends.
Our lengthy night at O'Doul's featured great moments which will become fun memories. It also featured our rousing rendition of Piano Man (which is probably a moment best forgotten).
To learn more about O'Doul's and the rest of our San Francisco trip, check out my blog at Global Traveler.
Jim Gekas, Chuck T. Gekas, Chuck E. Gekas, me and JayHawk Evans in Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco, CA-July 2011.