As you may or may not already know, the new paperback edition of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s will be out on Tuesday. And as you also may or may not already know, I'll be doing a reading/selling/signing event to celebrate its release on June 12 at Manitoba's in NYC.
But let's say you're not going to be in NYC, or you're busy that night, and you'd like to get a signed, personalized copy of Big Hair — a book that the Onion AV Club called "Enormously entertaining" while giving it an A- grade — for yourself, a friend, or a loved one. WHAT (as Karl Malden used to ask on those fear-mongering American Express commercials) WILL YOU DO?!?!?
Easy! For those of you who can't make the scene on June 12, we've made arrangements to hook you up with your very own copy, signed and personalized by Dan Epstein, the man Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods fame called "The Bangsian Herodotus of 70s Baseball". (Thanks again, Josh! Cashiers check is in the mail...)
All you've gotta do is email your contact information (before 12 noon on Sunday, June 10) to Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will email or call you back regarding personalization (let her know if you have a favorite team or player from the era), payment and shipping. The price for each signed copy, which includes the book and tax ($17.00) plus shipping ($5.25) will total $22.25. I will sign the book for you on June 12 at Manitoba's, and Harriet will wing it to you forthwith!
Oh yeah, before I forget — funky birthday wishes going out today to Randy "Rebel" Hundley, perhaps the greatest defensive catcher the Cubs ever had, and an absolute whiz at handling a pitching staff. nd a whiz at handling pitchers. As Hall of Famer teammate Fergie Jenkins once said, "Having Hundley catch for you was like sitting down to a steak dinner with a steak knife. Without Hundley, all you had was a fork." Here's a cool and rare Randy Hundley card from 1971, found on the bottom of a Bazooka Bubble Gum box...