That's right, good people of Minneapolis and St. Paul — I am comin' to your towns to help you take some downs...or at least help you relive the 'fro-tastic glory that was baseball in the 1970s. This Saturday, June 18, I will be joining The End of Baseball author Peter Schilling, Jr. for a reading/signing double-header at Big Brain Comics (1027 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis). The festivities begin at 2 pm, and will roll 'til around 3:30. It should be a blast, so come on out and boogie down with us!
Of course, you can't mention 70s baseball and Minneapolis in the same breath without thinking of Rod Carew. The guy could flat-out rake — from 1972 to 1978, he won six out of seven possible AL batting titles, and he missed winning seven straight by .002 percentage points when George Brett won the '76 crown with a .333 average. There was even a point during the 1977 season where he seemed to have a serious chance at hitting .400 for the year. Didn't happen — he still finished with a jaw-dropping .388 — but here's a cool ABC profile of the man from that year.