Bill Melton was one of the first players I ever remember. Melton was a fixture at 3rd base for the White Sox from my first game through 1975. Many years later, he rejoined the Sox as an analyst and ambassador. There is something very comforting with Melton back here. It's like reliving a good part of my childhood.
Speaking of reliving my childhood, every time I step into AU Sports, I feel like I did so many years ago when I would but a pack of baseball cards from the corner store.
Recently, these two forces of nostalgia came together for a wonderful afternoon. Melton appeared in the store to sign autographs and tell baseball stories. It was awesome to hear memories of Eddie Leon, Bart Johnson, Dick Allen and more. I felt like a kid again. Melton even hung around longer than expected and we all appreciated it.
What could be better than an afternoon of talking baseball with Melton at AU Sports? Well, actually, talking baseball with Melton at the new location of AU Sports. The legendary card store has moved into a bigger and better location. Now located in Morton Grove (IL), Scott plans on having more guests like Melton. When he does, I will be there to report on the day and to hurdle myself back in time to my pack-buying days.
Frank Caputo, Bill Melton, Scott Beatty and Brian O in Niles, IL-April 2012.